WORD is very excited to host Chuck Klosterman at Villain, LLC in Williamsburg to celebrate the release of his new book BUT WHAT IF WE'RE WRONG. Chuck will be joined in conversation with Wesley Morris of The New York Times (formerly of Grantland and Boston Globe)
Date: Wednesday, June 29th
Start time: 7:00pm
Doors open: 6:30pm
Place: Villain, LLC, 50 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Directions: Take the L train to Bedford Avenue
Purchase tickets early to reserve your spot! Each ticket below includes 1 copy of the hardcover edition of But What If We're Wrong. There is no paper ticket but you will receive a confirmation email. Doors open at 6:30 for check-in, at which time you can pick up your copy/copies of the book.
We live in a culture of casual certitude. This has always been the case, no matter how often that certainty has failed. Though no generation believes there’s nothing left to learn, every generation unconsciously assumes that what has already been defined and accepted is (probably) pretty close to how reality will be viewed in perpetuity. And then, of course, time passes. Ideas shift. Opinions invert. What once seemed reasonable eventually becomes absurd, replaced by modern perspectives that feel even more irrefutable and secure—until, of course, they don’t.
But What If We’re Wrong? visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear to those who’ll perceive it as the distant past. Chuck Klosterman asks questions that are profound in their simplicity: How certain are we about our understanding of gravity? How certain are we about our understanding of time? What will be the defining memory of rock music, five hundred years from today? How seriously should we view the content of our dreams? How seriously should we view the content of television? Are all sports destined for extinction? Is it possible that the greatest artist of our era is currently unknown (or—weirder still—widely known, but entirely disrespected)? Is it possible that we “overrate” democracy? And perhaps most disturbing, is it possible that we’ve reached the end of knowledge?
Kinetically slingshotting through a broad spectrum of objective and subjective problems, But What If We’re Wrong? is built on interviews with a variety of creative thinkers—George Saunders, David Byrne, Jonathan Lethem, Kathryn Schulz, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene, Junot Díaz, Amanda Petrusich, Ryan Adams, Nick Bostrom, Dan Carlin, and Richard Linklater, among others—interwoven with the type of high-wire humor and nontraditional analysis only Klosterman would dare to attempt. It’s a seemingly impossible achievement: a book about the things we cannot know, explained as if we did. It’s about how we live now, once “now” has become “then.”
Chuck Klosterman is the bestselling author of seven nonfiction books (including Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and I Wear the Black Hat) and two novels (Downtown Owl and The Visible Man). He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, GQ, Esquire, Spin, The Guardian, The Believer, Billboard, The A.V. Club, and ESPN. Klosterman served as the Ethicist for The New York Times Magazine for three years, appeared as himself in the LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits, and was an original founder of the website Grantland with Bill Simmons. Klosterman is a native of North Dakota and currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Entertainment Weekly TV critic Melissa Maerz.
Wesley Morris is an American journalist and Critic at Large for The New York Times. Morris is a former full-time writer for the website Grantland and he has won the annual Pulitzer Prize for Criticism for his 2011 work with The Boston Globe.
Fine Print: We are unable to issue refunds for any reason. If you cannot make the event, you can pick up your book/books in our Brooklyn store within 30 days.
Ticket sales are closed, but will be available at the door!