But What If We're Wrong?

Chuck Klosterman is the master of snark-filled essay writing and that is no exception in his latest venture, But What If We're Wrong?, a look at how ideas and facts shift and change over time, from absolute certainty, to complete and utter bafflement at how we could have been so certain in the first place.

From gravity, to rock music, to literature, to conspiracy theories, Klosterman tries to imagine that the present is the future, and figure out exactly what could remain in human consciousness after thousands of years, and what will get swept by the wayside. Sure, we're pretty sure that gravity is a thing, but how sure are we that we really understand it? Will it be Elvis or Bob Dylan who will be remembered as the person who purely exemplifies rock (or will it be someone we've yet to hear of?)? Herman Melville's Moby-Dick wasn't appreciated as the literary genius it is now revered as, when Melville was alive; were those people wrong, then, and us right, now? Or is it a little more complicated?

Through interviews with experts and plenty of footnotes, Klosterman takes us on a journey through time and space and dives into general human consciousness and asks again and again if what we think now will last, and why contemplating the be-all-end-all of anything will inevitably lead to heart break. It's unbelievably fascinating and Klosterman's writing is at peak performance. Being wrong sucks, but knowing that we're all wrong together, makes it a little easier to handle.