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HYPERtheticals
50 Questions for Insane Conversations
By (author): Chuck Klosterman

ISBN:

9780307587923

Product Form:

Cards
Cards
English

Audience:

General/trade
Jun 15, 2010
$21.99 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

6.1in x 4.5 x 1.04 in | 0.65 lb

Page Count:

51 pages
Potter
Potter Style
GAMES & ACTIVITIES / Card Games / General
Devised by acclaimed pop-culture journalist Chuck Klosterman, this collection of hypothetical questions (packaged in a cool flash-card box) is designed to stimulate dorm-room debate, barstool banter, and unconventional conversation at the dinner table.

You are offered a Brain Pill that will make you 10 percent more intelligent than you currently are, but you will seem 20 percent less intelligent to everyone else. Do you take the pill? You win a prize with two options: (a) a trip to the moon for ten minutes or (b) a year in Europe with a monthly stipend of $2,000. Which option do you select? Would you spare a friend from a nonfatal grizzly bear attack if it meant that it would rain every single day for the rest of your life?

Absurd, provocative, and delivered with Klosterman’s trademark wit, this collection of scenarios asks you to take a stand on matters of morality, social taboo, and personal identity. Pull out these cards at (almost) any social gathering, and be prepared to unearth an interesting side of your friends, your family, your lovers, and yourself!

Format: Deck, 50 cards

Content: 100% (50% previously published and 50% new)

Chuck Klosterman is a bestselling author with a cult following among pop-culture geeks, music fans, sports fanatics, and the college crowd. Half of the questions in this deck come from his popular collections of essays Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and Chuck Klosterman IV. The rest are new and original material.

Conversation starters are a perennially strong category in the gift market. The If…book series by Evelyn McFarlane and James Saywell (Villard) has sold hundreds of thousands of copies over the past ten years.

People are more interested and willing than ever to reveal and list things about themselves. The quirky nature of these questions and the author’s voice are a perfect match for the Facebook crowd.

The card deck format is ideal for pulling out random questions in social situations (the cards are also good for a quick, solitary bathroom read).

CHUCK KLOSTERMAN is a journalist whose work focuses on pop culture, music, and sports. He was a senior writer for Spin magazine and regularly contributes as a featured columnist to Esquire and as a featured blogger on ESPN’s Page 2. He has also written for GQ, the New York Times Magazine, the Believer, and the Washington Post. In 2008, Klosterman was the Picador Guest Professor for Literature at the University of Leipzig’s Institute for American Studies in Leipzig, Germany. He is the author of five books and his latest collection of previously published essays will be available in October 2009.

Author Residence: New York City

Author Hometown: Wyndmere, North Dakota

Marketing: Blogger outreach

Crown Hysterical feature

Cross promote with academic marketing

Feature at national stationery and international gift shows

Sell sheet available



Publicity: National publicity

National radio tour

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