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Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities

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"The most interesting man in the N.F.L." —The New York Times

“Intelligent and thought-provoking, Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies is relentlessly honest; Kluwe pulls no punches, spares no language and writes a rip-roaring debut.” — Shelf Awareness

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.

A former NFL player, Chris Kluwe has received wide attention for his controversial political essays and his TED talk on the future of technology, virtual reality, and empathy.  Kluwe is the author of the acclaimed political essay collection Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies (Little, Brown); a contributor to the anthology Press Start To Play (Vintage); co-author, with Andrew Reiner, of the novel Prime: A Genesis Series Event; and the lead designer of the tabletop card game TWILIGHT OF THE GODS.  He has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Salon, and has appeared on The Colbert ReportLate Night with Conan O'Brien, NPR Weekend Edition, and Ellen.     

Published by Little, Brown, Little, Brown UK, and Hachette Audio in June, 2013.

Photo of Chris Kluwe by David Bowman,

More praise for Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: 

“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 Reviews
“The quirky and sometimes pugnacious ex-punter for the Vikings reveals a little more about his views on social issues, and a lot more about himself, his career and how his frenetic and far-ranging mind works....Kluwe proves himself to be, indeed, a man for all season--not just football season.”
The Minneapolis Star Tribune
“In a league (and sports climate) which has become one, long, repetitive sound bite, a guy who will actually say something meaningful.”
“Chris Kluwe is a glimmering sparklepony of candor (and not afraid to dive fearlessly into the marriage equality debate).” — Mother Jones

“It's a strongly worded, profanity laced political and philosophical manifesto from an unlikely new pundit: pro football player Chris Kluwe ... Mr. Kluwe's particular talent as a prose stylist lies in his creative use of inventive swear words.” — The Wall Street Journal's "Speakeasy" 
“Kluwe is a genuine iconoclast.... Kluwe's writing makes for an entertaining read. He's as adept at the art of the take-down... but he is capable of toning it down when he has to.... His words present compelling arguments on myriad deep and unsolvable, yet relentlessly fascinating problems.”
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Kluwe is a brainy loudmouth dyspeptic idealistic pessimistic utopian punter/gay rights activist/champion of free speech/family guy who plays guitar. He's sort of Charles Barkley meets Bill "Spaceman" Lee--but with more gravitas.” —
“Kluwe's combination of passion and intelligent self-deprecation has resulted in some must-read stuff....Kluwe is a talented writer with plenty to say. He just happens to kick footballs for a living.” — The Maine Edge
“Chris Kluwe writes much better than I can punt.” — John Scalzi, award-winning author of Old Man's War and Redshirts