In Rob Sheffield's Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love & Karaoke, we catch up with him in his new life since moving to Brooklyn. If you were left in tears by his first book, Love is a Mix Tape¸ you will be happy to learn that he has moved on from personal tragedy and found two new loves: his astrophysicist wife Ally, and karaoke. Yes, karaoke. So what draws a hip entertainment writer for Rolling Stone to such a seemingly cheesy pastime-- especially if, as he readily admits, he has no singing or musical talent to speak of? The unique rituals of karaoke helped Sheffield come out of his shell, embrace life fully and fall in love again. As always, Sheffield's pop culture geekiness shines through, so whenever he digresses and writes about his other obsessions--be they Rod Stewart, Rush, or Welcome Back Kotter--you can be assured to find an erudition bordering on the professorial. A warm, breezy little read.
Brett @ Central