Essayist Ryan Britt’s well-articulated thoughts on geeky topics from noir and SF to Doctor Who to Madeleine L’Engle appear in publications like Electric Literature, The New York Times, and perhaps most significantly for MG readers, Tor.com. Lev Grossman, who knows whereof he speaks, remarked, “"Ryan Britt is one of nerd culture's most brilliant and most essential commentators: frank, funny, deeply knowledgeable and always opinionated. He's the Virgil you want to guide you through the inferno of geekery." Join the MG staff in getting your geek on when Ryan visits to discuss Luke Skywalker Can’t Read, and his views on “The Force Awakens” and more.
Essayist Ryan Britt got a sex education from dirty pictures of dinosaurs, made out with Jar-Jar Binks at midnight, and figured out how to kick depression with a "Doctor Who" Netflix-binge. Alternating between personal anecdote, hilarious insight, and smart analysis, "Luke Skywalker Can t Read" contends that "Barbarella" is good for you, that monster movies are just romantic comedies with commitment issues, that Dracula and Sherlock Holmes are total hipsters, and, most shockingly, shows how virtually everyone in the "Star Wars "universe is functionally illiterate.
Romp through time and space, from the circus sideshowsof 100 yearsago to the Comic Cons of today, from darkest corners of the Galaxy to the comfort of your couch. For anyone who pretended their flashlight was a lightsaber, stood in line for a movie at midnight, or dreamed they were abducted by aliens, "Luke Skywalker Can't Read" is full of answers to questions you haven't thought to ask, and perfect for readers of Chuck Klosterman, Rob Sheffield, and Ernest Cline.