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Love Is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield
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Feb 06, 2009

really liked it
Read in February, 2009

Being obsessive about music and currently going through a breakup made me a perfect audience for this book. It's certainly not perfect, though.

First, I couldn't imagine this being very interesting if you don't remember names of bands and songs like an idiot savant does numbers. Second, it doesn't have the intellectual agility of Chuck Klosterman or Nick Hornby.

However, this second point is part of why I like it so much. The writing, which is simple and sometimes redundant, allows you to sympathize with Sheffield so well. He's not a scholar, he's a normal guy who loves music and remembers his departed wife through mix tapes. Klosterman and Hornby can be honest and personal, but their bigger-picture, essay-making minds can also create an emotional barrier.

It's no Moby-Dick (or even High Fidelity), but it's still a beautiful memoir and tribute to an art form of our generation.

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