The Theory of Everything: Mix Tape Week – “Gravitons & Gravy”

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!

Gravitons and Gravy

The first time I learned about gravitons, I squealed. The name made me a little giggly on the inside. Plus, gravitons are hypothetical particles like the Sasquatch. Or unicorns! (Don’t worry – I totally believe in both of those things.) I can imagine Sophie’s Dad saying: “Have fun. Don’t worry! It’s all gravitons and gravy!”

I love a ton of songs on this mix. The Cure song slays me – “Oh, I want to change it all…” but it’s the last one that really drives things home. All Sophie’s Dad ever wanted was everything. He wanted her. He wanted his scientific theories to work out. But he also wanted to travel to parallel universes. It’s a fun mix (Siouxie and the Banshees! The B-52’s!) but it’s also poignant.  Sometimes, what you get isn’t what you wanted. But a lot times, what you get is even better.

Gravitons and Gravy
Never Let Me Down Again – Depeche Mode
Private Idaho – The B-52’s
Personality Crisis – New York Dolls
The Killing Jar – Siouxsie and the Banshees
Atomic – Blondie
A Night Like This – The Cure
Love Is Stronger Than Death – The The
All We Ever Wanted Was Everything – Bauhaus

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