Right now I am plowing through Talking to Girls About Duran Duran. I feel like Rob Sheffield is a version of my future self that I can only hope to be.
Teenage boys love to argue about things. It doesn't even matter about what--we would argue about baseball, books, politics, whether Scarface was the greatest movie of all time or whether that honor belonged to Vice Squad.
It's nice to know that some things are a universal constant. And Scarface won because I've never even heard of Vice Squad. DON'T EVEN ARGUE WITH ME ABOUT IT.
At least Duran Duran is getting the 80s references and history and homages right, whereas another book (Ready Player One) failed.* Sheffield's observations on the music that defined him and the girls that defined him are--to borrow an 80s phrase--bangin'.
Reading Sheffield's book has reminded me of the girls and movies and literature that have form who I am. It got me thinking about Star Wars. Naturally my next thought was "If Jane Austen wrote the Trilogy what would it have been like?" Because Solo and Leia are totally Darcy and Elizabeth a long long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
So I am planning something for next month. I'm calling it Jane Austen Head Spin.** I've read two of her six books but I'd like to read them all. Doing it in one go seems like it'd be more fun. I'm laying out my plan of attack this weekend. A Jane Austen month is not something one just jumps into.
Until then, have a happy holiday.
*It's the last 50 pages of the book that did it for me. I don't know shit about Japanese shows that aired during the 80s; it's a failure on my part, not Ernest Cline's.
**I am starting a band and calling it Jane Austen Head Spin.