Courtney Love To Star in A New 80s-Rock Film Based on A Novel
May12

Courtney Love To Star in A New 80s-Rock Film Based on A Novel

Courtney Love has signed on to play the role of a “destructive mother” in the upcoming film The Possibility of Fireflies. Reports claim that Love’s role in the film will be similar to that of what the media perceived her to be during her years in the limelight, married to Kurt Cobain. “Love will play the single parent of the protagonist, Ellie (played byFargo‘s Joey King). Ellie is grappling both with her...

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Interview With Kate Reigstad, Author of Fast Forward
Dec07

Interview With Kate Reigstad, Author of Fast Forward

The editorial team at LT80s loves a good 80s read. So, you can imagine my pleasure in receiving a copy of Kate Reigstad’s new book ‘Fast Forward.’ This is a fun read for anyone that lived through the 80s as a teenager. Nat, the protagonist, wakes up after 26 years and finds herself not in 1989 as she thought, but in present-day 2015 — without having aged. It is the story of her adjustment to a new high-tech reality (with flat...

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Q&A with with Susannah Gora, Author of “You Couldn’t Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation”
Sep23

Q&A with with Susannah Gora, Author of “You Couldn’t Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation”

If you love the 1980s — and if you found your way to this website, you probably do — you MUST read Susannah Gora’s 2010 book, You Couldn’t Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation. Gora was first inspired to write the book when she was a sophomore at Duke University. She says she was sitting in her dorm room with her friends, watching one of the John Hughes films...

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Q&A with Dave Kinzer, Author of “The 80s Music Compendium”
Sep15

Q&A with Dave Kinzer, Author of “The 80s Music Compendium”

I just had the pleasure of reading the new book by Dave Kinzer, “The 80s Music Compendium” that released in paperback this week (Sept 13).  Dave Kinzer, a music teacher, sought to find new ways to teach music structure and theory to students in a way that would hold their interest longer than say Bach.  As an avid fan of 80s music, he turned to the treasure trove that is the catalog of Hot 100 hit songs from the 80s. He...

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Remembering The Far Side
Jun30

Remembering The Far Side

I always loved reading the Sunday comics; it was a little ritual every week: my dad pulled out the sports section, mom clipped coupons, and I lay on the couch reading the comic section. Sure, I loved Garfield, For Better or For Worse, Blondie, and Bloom County was cool. Cathy bugged me even back then with all of her bad dates, self-obsessing and “ACK’s!” But the comic that I really liked, the one that always made me laugh out loud was...

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Interview with The Eighties: A Bitchen Time to Be a Teenager! author, Tom Harvey
Mar30

Interview with The Eighties: A Bitchen Time to Be a Teenager! author, Tom Harvey

We recently had the pleasure of reading Tom Harvey’s The Eighties: A Bitchin Time to be a Teenager. The book tells the story of Tom’s adventures through the 80s, starting in 1980 when Tom was in the sixth grade and ending as the decade closes out and Tom makes his way through college and into adulthood. At times both hilarious and cringe-inducing (his experiences hit mighty close to home), this is the honest tale of growing up amid...

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Interview With Jeff Tompkins, Author of 49 Mix Tapes
Apr04

Interview With Jeff Tompkins, Author of 49 Mix Tapes

We just finished the novel, 49 Mix Tapes, by Jeff Tompkins and had the pleasure to talk with him about the book and its 80s context. Set between 1985 and 1989, this is the story of Will and Abby. Will wants more, but Abby has him stuck in the “just friends” zone. It is a fun story about not just their relationship, but coming of age in the late 80s and all the culture that goes with it. The book is loaded with the music, movies and TV...

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Interview with “A Line Through the Desert” author William Stroock
Sep10

Interview with “A Line Through the Desert” author William Stroock

“A Line through the Desert” is a Gen X story of love set among the realities of the first Gulf War. William Stroock does an excellent job of evoking the feeling of being there in the desert and of being adrift and unsure like every post-high school person must feel regardless of time and place. The late 80s cultural references will be very familiar to anyone coming of age during this time. We had a chance to ask Will some...

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LT80s Interviews Nicki Elson, Author of Three Daves
May18

LT80s Interviews Nicki Elson, Author of Three Daves

1. What led you to include the bible references at the end of each chapter? When I was in the midst of writing Three Daves, I read a psalm that made me think of one of the scenes, and it actually helped me flesh out some of the details. As I went along, I started thinking that it would be cool to find a fitting verse for each of the chapters. I already had the perfect tie-in with Jen and David’s discussion of King David and the Bible...

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