I guess I will kind of be breaking my own heart tonight

A few days ago, I started reading Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield. I’m pretty sure I’m the last person on the planet to read the book.

So what’s the deal? Rob Sheffield’s this Rolling Stone poet reporter who was in love with a girl. I’m not going to tell you the rest, just know that Love is a Mix Tape is his paean to music and this girl.

This is probably the sweetest book I’ll ever read. Sweet in the old-fashioned letters and sodas kind of way and not in the overused by me right on! sort of way. My friend Wolfdogg would probably say it’s a bit hagiographic, and he’d be right. But it doesn’t even matter. Because when Sheffield writes about the girl he loves it’s so sweet (there’s that word again) and so fresh it kind of makes your stomach hurt.

Single women beware, you will want to take Mr. Sheffield to your bosom, pet his head and make him soup. And if you have a penchant for incredibly tall (he’s 6’5″) dorky writer guys who dig The Replacements, you’re not going to stand a chance. At all.

Love is a Mix Tape makes my stomach ache with longing. The way Sheffield writes about his Renee is how every girl on the face of the earth wants to be wrote about. I’m a little bit in love with Renee, and I’m only half-way through the book. I’ve written down about a dozen little phrases or scenes Sheffield’s used that are just so stunningly perfect that I kind of want to hate him for it.

It’s the kind of book that I can’t wait to get home to tonight, because I am sure I’ll finish it up and I’m absolutely positive it’s going to break my heart.

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7 Comments

  1. zook 30.Apr.07 at 4:14 pm

    Rob Sheffield was one of the reasons I used to love reading Rolling Stone. His pieces were always smart, sarcastic, witty and smart-assed and he seemed to me to be to writing as Westy was to songwriting. I will be putting this book on my list to buy – thanks for letting me know it was out there.

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  2. Placemat 30.Apr.07 at 6:02 pm

    That book is so fucking sad. I almost couldn’t finish it.

    I’m reading Petal Pusher now. Get this, at one point she describes Paul as…healthy.

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  3. Jodi 30.Apr.07 at 6:04 pm

    SHhhhhh. No talking about Petal Pusher until I get my copy.

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  4. lee 30.Apr.07 at 7:14 pm

    i felt the same way about it.
    it’s the book i would have written, if i’d written a book.
    i didn’t want to finish it, but i didn’t want to stop reading it, either. and then it was over.

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  5. Placemat 01.May.07 at 9:06 am

    OK, mums the word, but I just have to say, reading the book sorta makes me feel like a creepy stalker.

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  6. FFJ 01.May.07 at 12:31 pm

    i told you! i wouldn’t be surprised if you sleep with this book. the problem is, is that you’ll tear through it and want to read it again because you don’t want the feeling to end.

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  7. UH 01.May.07 at 6:50 pm

    Your alarm doesn’t go off until 7:30? I’m already at work by then, slugabed.

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