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Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Chuck Klosterman Sort Of Likes Louie

Today on Grantland, Chuck Klosterman gives a big, sloppy kiss to the new season of Louie: "This fall marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind, so lots of folks are talking and writing about how life-changing the release of that record was. But in 1991, Nevermind was not unilaterally appreciated — people argued about its merits constantly, and a lot of people hated it. We generally agree it’s awesome now, but that agreement is retrospective. Louie is not like that. Right now, Louie is like the Beatles in ’66, or maybe Joe DiMaggio in ’41." Do you think he likes it? I tend to agree with him, but also, reading praise this effusive makes me fear for some sort of inevitable backlash. Hopefully not this time; this seems to be as earned as praise this over-the-top can be.

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  • joeplace

    Louie is a great show. Nevermind was a ridiculously over-rated album and should not be mentioned in the same breath. I know Klosterman has a hard-on for Nirvana, but they wouldn't have a fraction of the street cred if Cobain were still walking around.

  • http://twitter.com/joshung Joshua Ungerleider

    Eh, don't get me wrong, I like Louie, but I do think last season was better. not sure if it counts as a backlash, but the people who didn't watch season 1, and were commanded to watch season 2 by their friends might think "what's the big deal?" which is what the people I told were thinking.