Dear Luke, We Need to Talk. -Darth (and other Pop Culture Correspondence) by John Moe

July 23, 2014     erinbook     Book review

Dear Luke, We Need to Talk. -Darth (and other Pop Culture Correspondence) by John Moe

Release Date: June 10, 2014
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
304 Pages
Received: Sent from Blogging for Books
Format: Paperback


4 Nuts

Description: “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

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, e-mails, 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 like a bonus track to a favorite CD or a deleted scene from a cult movie, Dear Luke, We Need to Talk Darth offer 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.

Review: This book is really hilarious, but a bit random. I suppose the randomness doesn’t really hurt it, you don’t really know what piece of pop culture the book is going to reference. On the other hand there’s really no flow from bit to bit.

The book is really aimed for people to really love pop culture. The average reader may not be able to place some of the references. Even without knowing the reference, these bits are still very funny. The premises for these pieces of “correspondence” are like something straight out of a stand up comedy set.


Yes, Doctor, I like it. As a person who constantly makes references to pop culture in all forms, this book is right up my alley. But as I said above, I think this book might be a bit of a niche. Still, there’s probably at least one reference that everyone can get (if you don’t know Star Wars then where have you been, a rebel planet?).
In this book they bring in not only popular movies and television, but music, sports, video games, books, and more. Wonder what Jaws was thinking as he killed all those people? Maybe Disney’s thoughts on the very strange Goofy-Pluto conundrum? What about if the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park had meetings about running the park themselves? These are some of my favorite sections of the book and had me giggling throughout.
So overall, very funny but a bit niche. Nothing wrong with that. If you don’t get a reference then turn the page!
What do you think of this book? Tell me in the comments.
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