Not that Owl is wholly unrelated to his own past. The book revolves around an imaginary North Dakota community very much like his home town, and it concludes with a lethal 1984 blizzard that he vividly recalls. He wanted to create a portrait of this era in part because he fears future historians will overlook it. I feel like this period -- the post-punk, post-disco era up until the Clinton administration -- is going to be almost a forgotten time, he maintains. Itll be sort of thought of as the time when Reagan was president and people used cocaine.
Klosterman stops by the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street, at 7:30 p.m. Get details about this free event at 303-436-1070 or www.tatteredcover.com -- and read a revealing Q&A with Klosterman at blogs.westword.com/latestword.
Thu., Sept. 18, 2008