When I was about 14, I heard James Taylor singing “You’ve Got a Friend” on the radio. In the chorus, he says if you just call out his name, he’ll come running to see you again. I remember laughing out loud at the idea of that literally happening, that I could yell “James Taylor” and the guy would drop everything to sprint, across the country if necessary, to be by my side. How easy to waste James Taylor’s time and energy.
Anyway, I kept these thought exercises in my head well into adulthood until it finally occurred to me to start writing them down. Eventually, letters about Taylor, Guns n’ Roses, Billy Joel, Elton John and more started showing up on websites and, in performance mode, on Wits, the show I host today. This book takes the concept even further, expanding out to TV, film, comics and many other parts of pop culture. I hope you enjoy the book and are not too psychologically damaged by the Fonzie part.
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From the Publisher:
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, emails, 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 bonus track to a favorite CD or a deleted scene from a cult movie, Dear Luke, We Need to Talk. Darth offers 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.
Other Pop Song Correspondences, as heard on Wits
A Note from the Contractor Working on Robert Plant’s Home Remodeling Project
Notes on "Sweet Child O Mine," As Delivered to Axl Rose by his Editor
"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
Wits is a live public radio show that brings world-class comedians, actors and musicians to the stage where host John Moe gives them and the audience the time of their lives. Wits mixes improv, sketch comedy, conversation, music and genuine beauty in a program praised as “one of the rare public radio comedy shows that’s actually funny” (Huffington Post) and “on course to become a national hit” (USA Today). One of the signature elements of the weekly live radio program is a feature called Pop Song Correspondences. In total, John has performed about 13 of the ‘Pop Songs” on Wits. For more information about Wits, visit www.witsradio.org