Tacky: Love Letters to the Worst Culture We Have to Offer

Tacky: Love Letters to the Worst Culture We Have to Offer

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An irreverent and charming collection of deeply personal essays about the joys of low pop culture and bad taste, exploring coming of age in the 2000s in the age of Hot Topic, Creed, and frosted lip gloss --from the James Beard Award-nominated writer of the Catapult column Store-Bought Is Fine"

Tacky is about the power of pop culture--like any art--to imprint itself on our lives and shape our experiences, no matter one's commitment to good taste. These fourteen essays are a nostalgia-soaked antidote to the millennial generation's obsession with irony, putting the aesthetics we hate to love--snakeskin pants, Sex and the City, Cheesecake Factory's gargantuan menu--into kinder and sharper perspective.

Each essay revolves around a different maligned (and yet, Rax would argue, vital) cultural artifact, providing thoughtful, even romantic meditations on desire, love, and the power of nostalgia. An essay about the gym-tan-laundry exuberance of Jersey Shore morphs into an excavation of grief over the death of her father; in You Wanna Be On Top, Rax writes about friendship and early aughts girlhood; in another, Guy Fieri helps her heal from an abusive relationship.

The result is a collection that captures the personal and generational experience of finding joy in caring just a little too much with clarity, heartfelt honesty, and Rax King's trademark humor.

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Title:Tacky: Love Letters to the Worst Culture We Have to Offer
ISBN:9780593312728
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  • Book Clubbed

    Well, here we are, the year of 2021, where the early 2000s are now being mined for nostalgia as the internet shrinks the gap between present and past. Be on the lookout for my personal essay collectio...

  • Brandice

    Tacky: Love Letters to the Worst Culture We Have to Offer is an essay collection about enjoying the “wrong” elements of American pop culture. Wrong as in tacky and popularly snubbed after their (d...

  • Audrey H

    I think my frustration with this book comes from a case of false advertising. From the cover and blurb, I was expecting something way more generalized, a piece of nonfiction that incorporated both psy...

  • Ana WJ

    Rax i'd love to hangout and listen to Creed w u! ...

  • Kristine Mckenna

    This book is funny. It made me laugh so many times. The author also doesn’t take herself too seriously which is refreshing. I dislike that another thing one is supposed to concern themselves with is...

  • Nev

    I absolutely love collections of essays and memoirs where people write about the pieces of pop culture that were important to them growing up and made a huge impact on their life. In Tacky Rax King co...

  • Renata

    I LOVE that I'm now of an age where there are lots of great books out here that are very relatable for MY coming-of-age points of reference. Is this how middle aged white men have always felt? It's in...

  • Alanna Why

    3.5 rounded up. I wish some of the essays were a little longer and better connected as an overall narrative, but I had a lot of fun with this funny, breezy and heartfelt collection. I think if you enj...

  • Colleen

    I initially picked this up book up based on its title and cover art. I honestly thought by the image of a lady in a martini glass that it was safe to assume that this book would be an insightful explo...

  • Isa

    I mean, how else am I meant to spend a 7-hour train ride except to hunker down with one of the funniest books I've read all year? Excellent. Full review to follow (along with my reviews of everything ...