Punter/author Chris Kluwe’s literary picks highlighted in The Week magazine

We know Chris Kluwe as the former Vikings punter who was loudly supportive of gay marriage and other controversial issues, and then found himself cut by the team.

He’s been picked up by the Oakland Raiders, and his new book of essays, “Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies,” will be released Tuesday.

His newfound success as an author led The Week magazine to feature him in its book section, where they weekly ask well-known authors to list other books that have inspired them.

Here’s a sample of  Kluwe’s rather unconventional list of favorite books:

  • “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card (Tor, $8). Card’s novel about children trained for space combat is an amazing story about childhood and what it means to truly understand others and oneself. It’s unfortunate that the author, who’s been vocal about his anti-gay views, appears in real life to have entirely missed the points about empathy he made here, but his book is still well worth reading. …
  • “Good Omens” by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (HarperTorch, $8). Hilarious, insightful, and profound, Good Omens is my go-to book when I need to feel better about the absolute absurdity of our world. Where else are you going to find bikers of the apocalypse named Death and Grievous Bodily Harm?

He also lists Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five” and three other books.

Kluwe will be back in the Twin Cities Sunday to promote his book. The event, sponsored by The Loft, is at 6 p.m. at Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis. It’s free, but seating is limited.

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