But What If We’re Wrong?

But What If We’re Wrong?

Chuck Klosterman

Pub: June 7, 2016

Blue Rider Press


New$York$Times bestselling author, former Ethicist for the New$York$ Times$Magazine, and acclaimed cultural critic Chuck Klosterman ex- plores the possibility that our currently held beliefs and assumptions about the world will eventually be proven wrong. Covering a vast spec- trum of objective and subjective topics, But$What$If$We’re$Wrong? attempts to visualize present-day society the way it will be viewed in a distant future. Klosterman cites original interviews with a wide variety of thinkers and experts—including the likes of George Saunders, David Byrne, Jonathan Lethem, Alex Ross, Kathryn Schulz, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene, Junot Diaz, Amanda Petrusich, Ryan Adams, Dan Carlin, Nick Bostrom, and Richard Linklater. Klosterman asks straight- forward 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 ‘n’ roll, 500 years from today? Are all team sports destined for extinc- tion? How seriously should we view the content of our dreams? How seriously should we view the content of television? What contempo- rary literature will be canonized (and how will it be selected)? How is history constructed (and how much can it be trusted)? Is it possible we “overrate” democracy and freedom? And, most disturbingly, is it possible we’ve reached “the end of new knowledge”? The answers Klosterman explores and integrates with his own analysis generate the most thought-provoking and propulsive book of his career.