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Chuck Klosterman, author of "Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto," is the NYT's new 'Ethicist.'
"This is a job I've wanted for 10 years," Klosterman, who is best known for his book 'Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs,' told the Atlantic. "I don't claim to be more ethical than anyone else, or even more ethical than the average person. But I love thinking about these types of problems, and I'll try to be interesting. We'll see what happens."
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The news first broke on Twitter, when the Times Magazine's editor Hugo Lindgren tweeted:
It's a little scary when The Ethicist starts following you
— HugoLindgren (@HugoLindgren) June 7, 2012
"As for his ethical qualifications, anyone who has read Chuck’s work knows him as a writer who likes to confront, with great humor and wisdom, all manner of thorny questions and complicated characters — and who isn’t afraid of expressing his opinions about how things are and How They Should Be," Lindgren wrote in a blog post introducing the new columnist.
"Chuck wrote an exceptional series of tryout columns and expressed his desire for the job with a singular intensity. We expect his columns to be thoughtful, engaging, witty and, yes, helpful," Lindgren added.
The author confirmed the news from his new twitter account Thursday, tweeting:
This time, the Internet is correct.
— The Ethicist (@nytethicist) June 7, 2012
The "Ethicist" is the Magazine's advice column, and Klosterman has already tackled subjects including estranged siblings and cat-napping in his first column.
Before landing the New York Times gig, Klosterman wrote a column for Esquire Magazine called "Chuck Klosterman's America."