"Oh my God, you're a Nick Rhodes girl," says Rob Sheffield, referring to Duran Duran's keyboardist. Earlier in the evening, we'd wrapped an interview about Sheffield's new book, Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut, the follow-up to his 2007 bestseller Love Is A Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time; hours later, we'd moved to the Woods in Williamsburg, where Sheffield began talking to two female friends he'd run into. About Duran Duran. "Loving Duran Duran has been one of the constants in my life," Sheffield writes in his new book's introduction, "but I have no idea what they would sound like if the women in my life stopped loving them. I guess I'll never know." Each of Talking to Girls's 25 chapters tackles a song from the '80s, from Haysi Fantayzee's "Shiny Shiny" and Paul McCartney's "No More Lonely Nights" to Madonna's "Crazy for You" and the Replacements' "Left of the Dial." Sheffield riffs on each, summoning up humorous tales of teenage crushes and growing up with three sisters, along with intimate accounts of caring for his 90-year-old grandfather and feeling out his first serious relationship. Like the bombastic, sugary tunes that inspired it, Sheffield's book rarely hits a dull note. Neither do his conversations.
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