Cassette From My Ex
Jason Bitner
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Cassette From My Ex: Stories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves
Jason Bitner
St. Martin's Griffin
224 pages
October 2009
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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If you've read Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, you know the importance of mix tapes in the lives of some people. In this entire book dedicated to the mix tape - the selection and examination and insertion of a series of songs to create a soundtrack for a specific moment - the author has assembled mix tapes from 60 writers and musicians. The only problem is that some of these celebrities aren't so well-known; consequently, what they have to say really isn't too engaging.

But it is a fun book and for hardcore mixtapers, you'll want to read this. The tapes here celebrate relationships, the end of relationships, movies, sexual fantasies, and favorite bands.

There are even Dos and Don'ts like:

  • DO make a tape to woo a possible love.
  • DO begin side A with a zinger.
  • DON'T use 100-minute tapes.
  • DON'T be too consistent.
This probably isn't the type of book you'll read front to back, but go to your local video store, check out a copy of High Fidelity, and go crazy.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2009

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