The Theory of Everything: Mix Tape Week – “Crazy or Not, Here I Come”

All this week, we are featuring guest posts from Kari Luna, author of The Theory of Everything — spotlighting playlists/mixtapes featured in the book, and giving you a chance to win an amazing prize pack!

“Most people don’t mourn their dads through a mixtape.”
– Sophie Sophia

theory of everything coverIn The Theory of Everything, Sophie Sophia’s eccentric, physicist Dad disappears – leaving only a box of 80’s mixtapes behind. So what’s a girl to do? Love her trusty Sony Walkman, of course. And the message each tape contains. Sophie’s Dad taught her that mixtapes can be love letters to people, bands, or yourself. That themes are super important! And that the last song always counts the most.  In the book, I mentioned the names of some of the tapes, but the actual mixes have been a mystery – until now! Want to hear what Sophie heard? Check back every day this week. Pretend you’re Sophie Sophia! And let the mixes transport you. (Walkman not required.)

Crazy or Not, Here I Come


With this tape, I like to think that Dad was talking about himself – but also sending a warning to Sophie. The message? Be yourself. Do your thing. Someone will always think you’re a little bit crazy. Because we’re all a little bit crazy, aren’t we? This tape is part warning, part assurance, and all awesome. The last song has one of my favorite lyrics ever. Walkmans! Morrissey.

Crazy or Not, Here I Come
I Wanna Be Sedated – The Ramones
She’s Lost Control – Joy Division
The Killing Moon – Echo and the Bunnymen
Poison Arrow – Sonic Youth
Psycho Killer  – Talking Heads
A Forest – The Cure
Bizarre Love Triangle – New Order
Bigmouth Strikes Again – The Smiths

Listen to this playlist on Spotify!

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