Staff Pick: Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies

Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies by Chris Kluwe

Not being a football fan, I actually had no idea who Chris Kluwe was when I first read one of his essays online. It was a critical examination of Atlas Shrugged and everything that was wrong with the Objectivist philosophy of Ayn Rand. Is it wrong for me to have been completely shocked that a) a jock managed to get through such a gargantuan book and that b) he was able to tear it apart in such an articulate and hilarious way? My image of football players was totally blown. Soon after, I discovered that he had an entire book coming out, and it had one of the best titles I've ever seen. Needless to say, I had to read it. Turns out, Chris Kluwe is not only an athlete, but a brain as well (that's my second Breakfast Club reference in this post, can you find the first?). In essays that range from passionately defending marriage equality to cataloguing the various painful injuries he has experienced as an NFL punter, Kluwe showcases his formidable vocabulary, enchanting use of expletives, and snarky sense of humor. His voice is forceful, and he tends to drive home his point a little too often, which does make it a little difficult to read more than a couple of pieces at a time. That being said, his main point, treat others as you would like to be treated, aka The Golden Rule, is one that bears repeating. 

All in all, I give this book four sparkleponies out of five!