Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth and other Pop Culture Correspondences

Author: John Moe

Pages: 304

Release Date: June 2014 – Three Rivers Press

ISBN: 978-0385349109

LukeDear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth and other Pop Culture Correspondences by John Moe is a collection of letters, diary entries, memos, notes, etc. from or to a collection of popular culture icons, many of whom are fictional characters. The book’s title is from letters taken from Darth Vader’s trash can in which he was attempt to explain to Luke Skywalker about his parentage. One can only assume that this was overtaken by events on Bespin. The book contains entries from the cast of Popeye, Gilligan, the Fonz, and the Man in the Yellow Hat (of Curious George fame), amongst many others. In addition to these fictional correspondences, Moe has included a number of letters written as if song lyrics were true, including a memo from the local sheriff regarding Jon Bon Jovi, who is wanted, wanted dead or alive. As well as a memo from the management of the Hotel California mandating some policy changes after complaints received from Don Henley. A number of entries concern the Super Bowl half-time show. Each one lists one or more suggested and rejected ideas for the show. Most of them would probably have been better than what we actually got.

The idea behind the book is pretty original; I particularly enjoyed the song lyric letters. Some of these letters were taken from Moe’s column, “Pop Song Correspondences” on McSweeneys.net. While the book is humorous, I only laughed out loud one time while reading it. That being said, it’s relatively short and an easy read and not a bad way to spend an afternoon. Check out Moe’s internet column and if you like what you read there, you will probably like the book as well.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher.