Credit: Kris Drake

The Author’s Bookshelf: Chuck Klosterman

“I'm always hesitant to describe a book or an author as an 'influence', because I think it ends up being a quiet form of bragging — very often, writers who talk about their 'influences' are just trying to change the pre-existing perception of their own work by connecting themselves to specific books they wish they had written. To be honest, I think most true influences are unconscious and unrelated to literature. So what I did was this: I went through my bookshelves and tried to find books that changed the way I thought about the world, or at least the way I thought about myself. I can't be certain that they actually influenced me, but I like to pretend that they did.”

Chuck Kolsterman is the New York Times bestselling author of Eating the Dinosaur, Downtown Owl, Chuck Klosterman IV, Killing Yourself to Live, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, and Fargo Rock City, winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. He has written for GQ, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Spin, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Believer, A.V. Club, and ESPN. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.