Jeff Pike reviews Rob Sheffield’s Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time
It’s hard to read in places—anyone who has ever lost anyone can expect to find Sheffield probing painful places one way or another. But it’s amazingly light-hearted too, even as it never shrinks from anything. In the end, Sheffield does a good deal toward making something substantial out of what too often seems among the most inconsequential and silly career choices imaginable: the rock critic. He makes something substantial out of it, and brings the dignity too.