Synopses & Reviews
From the bestselling author of Love Is a Mix Tape and Turn Around Bright Eyes, "a funny, insightful look at the sublime torture of adolescence".Entertainment Weekly
The 1980s meant MTV and John Hughes movies, big dreams and bigger shoulder pads, and millions of teen girls who nursed crushes on the members of Duran Duran. As a solitary teenager stranded in the suburbs, Rob Sheffield had a lot to learn about women, love, music, and himself. And he was sure his radio had all the answers.
As evidenced by the bestselling sales of Sheffield's first book, Love Is a Mix Tape, the connection between music and memory strikes a chord with readers. Talking to Girls About Duran Duran strikes that chord all over again, and is a pitch-perfect trip through '80s music-from Bowie to Bobby Brown, from hair metal to hip-hop. But this book is not just about music. It's about growing up and how every song is a snapshot of a moment that you'll remember the rest of your life.
“Ryan Britt is one of nerd culture's most brilliant and most essential commentators...the Virgil you want to guide you through the inferno of geekery.” —Lev Grossman, author of the bestselling The Magicians Trilogy
"Ryan Britt is an uncontrolled experiment—a genre omnivore who has spent his time on this earth flying to other galaxies, undersea cities, freaky amusement parks, Middle Earth, Transylvania, Sherlock Holmes London, and the Cretaceous. His essays are reliably smart, surprising, provocative, and funny.” —Karen Russell, author of and Pulitzer-Prize finalist for Swamplandia!
Ryan Britt is . . . the Virgil you want to guide you through the inferno of geekery.” Lev Grossman, author of the bestselling Magician's trilogy
Publishing to coincide with the release of the new Star Wars movie in late 2015, Luke Skywalker Cant Read is a thoughtful and fun meditation on everything geek. Writer and performer Ryan Britt has never met a monster, alien, wizard, or superhero that didnt need further analysis. Alternating between hilarious personal anecdotes and provocative insights, Britt explains everything: why monster movies are just romantic comedies with commitment issues; how Draculas sartorial style designates him as the first hipster, and much, much more. Like Chuck Klosterman and Rob Sheffield, Britt is tearing down the wall between hardcore geek culture and the mainstream.
About the Author
Rob Sheffield has been a music journalist for more than twenty years. He is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone
, where he writes about music, TV, and pop culture, and regularly appears on MTV and VH1. He is the author of the New York Times
bestseller Love Is a Mix Tape
, which has been translated into French, German, Swedish, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and other languages he cannot read. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.