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

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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
 
"John Moe has been making me laugh for 1,249 years (we are both immortal), and Dear Luke is, not surprisingly, EXTREMELY FUNNY. I expect him to entertain us all for another 1,249, unless I am able to hunt him down and cut off his head before then, because there can be only one."  —John Hodgman
 
 “Dear Luke, We Need to Talk. Darth ranks among the finest collections of nonsense ever assembled. For those seeking hilarity in short bursts of pop culture inanity, this book is for you.” —Michael Ian Black
 
This book of brilliant parodies, riffs and flights of pop culture fantasy shows why John Moe has so quickly risen to become the second funniest man in public radio.—Peter Sagal, host, NPR's Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me

 “This book made me laugh while learning, which is the best kind of funny. Knowledge that comes from a laugh is so much better than coughing that comes from a laugh.”
Margaret Cho

About the Author

JOHN MOE is the host of American Public Media's nationally syndicated public radio show “Wits.” He is also the author of “Pop Song Correspondences,” a column on McSweeneys.net. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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  • File Size: 2397 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (June 10, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 10, 2014
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HBQQRPS
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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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. Bayne VINE VOICE on May 25, 2014
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So besides having several examples of what Darth Vader would have written if he had used correspondence to inform Luke that he's his father, there is a letter from NASA to Elton John terminating his Rocket Man status, a note from Max (the dog) to the Grinch, a note to the writer of the Batman TV show theme ("it needs more "Batman"!), various rejected Super Bowl half time ideas, Captain Kirk's lost logs, an interview with Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde (the Pac Man ghosts), and a letter from Miss Othmar (Charlie Brown's teacher) to the parents of her school children - she does address her speech impediment. There's some other silly, I mean, fascinating stuff in there.

This is a fun book that looks at pop culture phenomena with a slightly skewed point of view. Way fun!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Patricia R. Andersen VINE VOICE on May 30, 2014
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I choose to give this book 5 stars because it is funny. All of it is false and all of it is funny. There's journal entries from a man who was supposed to have worked on Fleetwood Mac's "Rumors". The various notes from Gilligan about being on the island cracks me up. John Moe takes common pop culture references and stands them on their ears to cause a lot of laughs.
I advise anybody who is into pop culture references to buy this book. If you need a small gift for a friend who is feeling down, again buy this book. It will cheer your friend up (I hope).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bill Murphy on June 16, 2014
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Some humorists rely on appealing to thoughts that have gone through everyone's head; John Moe does something much harder in this book. He takes pop cultural references that will be familiar to nearly everyone and presents absurdly unique takes on them that you would never have come up with on your own but will never forget when encountering the original reference point in the future. To forever alter the way you look at things you've been familiar with for years is a truly staggering achievement, but Moe makes it look effortless. His boundless imagination and genuine sense of curiosity and wonder (balanced with a tad of appropriate cynicism) give him completely original perspectives on mundane pop cultural ephemera, which he presents with a pithy and precise humor that is clearly honed to perfection; I was struck repeatedly by just how impeccable little things like Moe's word choices or phrasings were. This may sound like some clinical perfection of humor, but instead, the writing comes across with infectious playfulness and obvious joy. You can picture Moe coming up with a nugget of a joke that cracks himself up and delightedly crafting it so that he can bring the same laughter to others. As gifted a humorist as he is, John Moe is equally impressive as a pure writer, and so I eagerly anticipate his in-progress effort, Talk About the Passing: A Season with Tim Duncan and the 2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs.

Please note: This would have been a six-star review, but I was forced to deduct one star due to a frankly disappointing lack of boat explosions. However, for a fuller six-star experience, you can get a sixth star back by buying this at your local independent bookseller instead of this fine Web retailer.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Iwerks on June 15, 2014
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Dorothy Gale is less than happy Glinda the Good witch didn't let her know the power to go back to Kansas was within her all along. Gilligan? That's Dr. Gilligan, behavior psychologist, conducting an experiment for the U.S. government on the hapless travelers of the S.S. Minnow. How about the story of Fleetwood Mac, and how Bigfoot almost screwed up the recording of Rumors? Fonzie as an immortal wizard with a special affinity for magicks cast in bathrooms (hence it being his office)? Real estate tips from somebody trying to sell the Love Shack?

Listen, it's weird, it's bizarre, it's full of brief bits of hilarity. It's generally just a few pages riffing on one pop culture subject after another, and they're great.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hillary Frazey on June 17, 2014
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I was having a really bad day and was feeling pretty down (there was an unexpected boat explosion, what can I say). I bought this book with the hopes that it would cheer me up...and boy did it ever. This book is funny and insightful. If you love Mystery Science Theater 3000, you will enjoy this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Labbate on June 17, 2014
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Sweet fancy Jimothy, John Moe's outdone himself this time. I've been a fan for a while through Twitter and the Wits public radio show, but this book may be his best work yet. It's smart, funny, and good-natured, which is a rare treat. If you're an old fan worried about lingering effects of the boat explosion, don't. Moe is still as sharp as ever. Grab this book as soon as possible!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Horn on June 17, 2014
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Pop culture rides in a ship, smoothly sailing the lake of our collective consciousness. This book blows up that ship, casting the detritus of our heritage in new directions, allowing us to view it a a new, skewed, and very funny perspective.

Truly, this book is a boat explosion of comedy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Courtney on June 16, 2014
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Great book by a great humorist. Unless he is inexplicably killed in a boat explosion, I expect to see a sequel.
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