City Pages: You're often billed as a "pop culture critic." Is there any worry that, as your celebrity continues to rise, you'll eventually be indistinguishable from popular culture itself?
Chuck Klosterman: You know, the only people who view me as a celebrity are other journalists. Are you implying that I might eventually become no different than Kelly Clarkson? Because, if so, that would be pretty awesome.
CP: Releasing a career retrospective as your fourth book is a pretty bold move. How accustomed are you to being called "bold"?
CK: It's particularly weird that you would ask this question. I've been having a 10-year debate with two of my friends over what constitutes the definition of "bold." The crux of the argument is whether Mother Teresa was bold or merely humane. Personally, I do not view releasing an anthology of journalism as a particularly bold endeavor. It's not like I punched a grizzly bear or blew up the moon.
CP: Has North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven ever thanked you personally for reminding the rest of the country of his state's continued existence?
CK: He has not. However, it remains my singular dream to win the North Dakota Roughrider Award. I am completely serious about this. That is the only professional award I remotely care about.
Chuck Klosterman appears Friday, February 23 at the Fitzgerald Theater with Tapes 'N Tapes. $15. 8:00 p.m.10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul; 651.290.1221.