John Moe’s Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth is a bit like snooping through someone else’s mail. Each chapter is written from the perspective of a pop icon and with great humor addresses some of the interests of that character. The title gives an obvious clue as to the type of ‘mail’ we are snooping through!
There are almost seventy chapters here full of imagined funny conversations from various people with whom you are familiar. Some of my favorite chapters that had me laughing were …
A Letter from kevin McCallister, age 33, to his mother, 23 years after being left Home Alone.
A retort to Carly Simon regarding her charges of vanity.
A letter to the island on Lost from the head of the ad agency hired to promote tourism on the island.
Papers found in the backpacks of students at the high school in Twilight who are monsters but not vampires or werewolves.
Postings to the Internet Message Board of the Walkers on The Walking Dead (my favorite chapter).
The shark from Jaws keeps a journal as part of his therapy.
Concerning Jon Bon Jovi, wanted dead or alive.
You get the idea. There is an ‘inside joke’ in each of these to which you are privy because you know the character writing the letters. There are lots of laughs and because none of the chapters are connected, it’s a great book to read when you just have a few minutes.
There were a few negatives for me personally that might not influence others. For one, in the nearly seventy chapters there were several chapters about people / characters with which I was unfamiliar. Of course that will be different for each person. I totally get the chapter of Engineer’s notes from the recording of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and was totally lost on Jay Z’s 99 Problems.
Another negative for me was the foul language in some of them. I know it is for shock value, but I do not enjoy it when writers drop “F-bombs” for laughs. One example was to be found several times in A thank-you note from Dorothy Gale to Glinda, the ‘Good’ Witch of the North which would have been funnier to me without the gutter talk. By no means was this throughout the book, but I thought I would make note of it.
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.
In all I thought the book was really funny in a few places, and simply brought a smile in others. I think this will be one of those books that is a highly personalized experience determined by your awareness of the subjects about which the chapters are written.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.