Chuck Klosterman’s HYPERtheticals With a Five-year-old At Bathtime
I’m a Chuck Klosterman fan. He has a fascinating mind. Seems like a fun guy to just grab a beer with and chat. The episode of Marc Maron’s WTF with Chuck Klosterman is one of my favorites.
A little while back, I bought a game(?) he made called HYPERtheticals: 50 Questions For Insane Conversations. It’s kind of a more intellectual version of Gregory Stock’s The Book of Questions. Klosterman provides really elaborate hypotheticals that set up provocative dilemmas.
Tonight I was reading them to my five-year-old when she was taking a bath. Some contain adult material, so I skipped those. But I wanted to see what she’d say and why she answered the way she did. Here are the ones she answered:
I thought that was pretty insightful. She maybe outsmarted the question.
She wanted to lose her sense of smell.
She also said she’d replace smell with her touch. So she could feel smell in the air as a physical sensation in her fingers.
She said the first one, which I was happy to hear. Screw the Hollywood-ized biopic. Why?
I guess we all have a little of that dream in us.
I had to explain to her that Einstein was a scientist who was like the most brilliant person ever. She said:
To be fair, we were at a science-themed birthday party today, where a “Mad Scientist” came and performed some experiments that were borderline magic tricks. So the delineation between a really smart scientist and a hack magician might be a little blurry at the moment. I’m also pretty sure she thinks magic tricks are real magic. I’m not ready to burst that bubble.