Have you ever made a mixtape for a hopeless crush? Of course you have. Everyone’s done it at one time or another. But not everyone is willing to share the crushing tales of heartbreak that are often intertwined with the sappy recordings.
Thankfully, there’s Cassette From My Ex: Stories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves, a new collection of mixtape-related memoirs edited by Found magazine’s Jason Bitner and featuring remembrances from the likes of Rob Sheffield (Love is a Mixtape), Ben Greenman (The New Yorker) and Rick Moody (The Ice Storm).
Bitner will celebrate the book’s release tonight at Hideout (8 p.m., $5) with a group of special guests including The Onion A.V. Club’s Kyle Ryan, artist Derek Erdman and illustrator Arthur Jones (who will tell the story of how he lost his virginity in Post-It Note form). While the event may unearth some long-repressed memories, it also promises to be full of laughter and fun. Who knows, you might meet even someone who will actually appreciate your Stone Roses-fueled courting ritual.