But what if we're wrong? : thinking about the present as if it were the past
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New York : Blue Rider Press, [2016].
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9780399184123 : HRD, 0399184120 : HRD
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272 pages ; 22 cm
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Lebanon Public Library - Nonfiction
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"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 definedand 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 seriouslyshould 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 creativethinkers--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.""--,Provided by publisher.
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"But What If We're Wrong? visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear to those who'll perceive it as the distant past"--,Provided by publisher.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Klosterman, C. (2016). But what if we're wrong?: thinking about the present as if it were the past . Blue Rider Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Klosterman, Chuck, 1972-. 2016. But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past. New York: Blue Rider Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Klosterman, Chuck, 1972-. But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past New York: Blue Rider Press, 2016.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Klosterman, Chuck. But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past Blue Rider Press, 2016.

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