Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities Chris Kluwe
"The most interesting man in the N.F.L."
—The New York Times
Featured in The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, GQ and on NPR's Weekend Edition.
"In mixing the profane with the prophetic while using a variety of literary devices, the author succeeds at being both entertaining and enlightening. An intriguing assortment of work from an athlete with a lot on his mind." —Kirkus
From Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe comes an uproarious, uncensored take on empathy, personal responsibility, and what it means to be human.
Chris Kluwe came to prominence when his blistering, hilarious Deadspin letter defending free speech and marriage equality received more than 2.3 million views and made news around the world. Now, the punishingly funny writer and fearless champion of personal freedom takes on everyone and everything else in Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies.
In this collection of rousing, uncensored personal essays, Kluwe unleashes against intolerance, the misinterpretation of religion, guns, athletes' salaries, and the Pope while also considering time travel, the pay-per-view future of in-helmet cameras, and the end of the world. An enemy of bad behavior, Kluwe is an emerging voice in the fight against stupidity and ignorance everywhere.
Chris Kluwe is a husband and father, obsessive gamer and one-time violin prodigy who turned down Harvard to play football at UCLA, where he graduated with degrees in History and Political Science. He has been profiled in The New York Times and USA Today; has appeared on The Colbert Report and Ellen and was named Salon's Sexiest Man of the Year. Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead observed that Kluwe's extraordinarily clever letter "goes toe-to-toe with any smart comedy writer's work I've ever read."
Published by Little, Brown, Little, Brown UK, and Hachette Audio in June, 2013.