Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: And Other Pop Culture Correspondences

Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth is proof that a funny book on pop culture doesn't have to be snide and nasty. I loved everything about it.” —Jim Gaffigan

We all know how Darth Vader shared his big secret with Luke Skywalker, but what if he had delivered the news in a handwritten note instead? And what if someone found that letter, as well as all of the drafts that landed in the Dark Lord’s trash can? In the riotously funny collection Dear Luke, We Need to Talk. Darth, John Moe finally reveals these lost notes alongside all the imagined letters, e-mails, text messages, and other correspondences your favorite pop culture icons never meant for you to see.

From The Walking Dead to The Wizard of Oz, from Billy Joel to Breaking Bad, no reference escapes Moe’s imaginative wit and keen sense of nostalgia. Read Captain James T. Kirk’s lost log entries and Yelp reviews of The Bates Motel and Cheers. Peruse top secret British intelligence files revealing the fates of Agents 001–006, or Don Draper’s cocktail recipe cards. Learn all of Jay-Z’s 99 problems, as well as the complete rules of Fight Club, and then discover an all-points bulletin concerning Bon Jovi, wanted dead or alive—and much more.

Like a like a bonus track to a favorite CD or a deleted scene from a cult movie, Dear Luke, We Need to Talk Darth offer a fresh twist on the pop culture classics we thought we knew by heart. You already know part of their story. Now find out the rest.

My Impressions:
This book is so hilarious its ridiculous. I had tears in my eyes several times from laughing so hard. I especially loved the Rejected Super Bowl Halftime Show Proposals,  A thank-you note from Dorothy Gale to Glinda, the Good Witch of the North and Optimus Prime's list of Transformers to receive polite rejection letters. Priceless.Reading these little correspondences made me look at some shows from a whole new perspective that I will enjoy for ions to come. With quick witted cynicism and hysterical ridiculous and sometimes scary rational thoughts, McSweeney takes a look at some of the greatest iconic moments in time and puts in his own  unique twist to bring a new life to songs, movies,  characters and inanimate objects alike. Sure to tickle your funny bone. What is so great about this book is the author writes in such vivid imagery that these scenes play out in your mind as if you are some lerker watching all this play out from the hidden shadows.
Hands down this 304 page  book from Three Rivers Press  earns 5 stars.

About the Author: 

John Moe I am the host and head writer of the public radio program Wits, heard on stations around the country. I'm a long-time contributor to McSweeney's and my writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and numerous humor anthologies. I'm the former host of the national public radio programs Weekend America and Marketplace Tech Report. I live in St Paul, Minnesota with my family. God tries to ice murder all the people here every year and we always feel triumphant when/if we survive.

I'm from Seattle and am a big fan of the Mariners, Seahawks, and Sonics, even though as I write this the Sonics do not exist.

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