Wannabe: Reckonings with the Pop Culture That Shapes Me (Compact Disc)

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Wannabe: Reckonings with the Pop Culture That Shapes Me By Aisha Harris, Aisha Harris (Read by) Cover Image
By Aisha Harris, Aisha Harris (Read by)
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I'll throw this book at the next person who says pop-culture doesn't matter. So you should probably read it before I have to do that.

— Hannah


"Aisha Harris is one of our smartest, most entertaining modern cultural critics. The nine pieces offer insight on Stevie Wonder, the Spice Girls, Pen15, and New Girl--among many other pop artifacts, of course--which might as well be parlance for, 'Read me immediately.'"


Aisha Harris has made a name for herself as someone you can turn to for a razor-sharp take on whatever show or movie everyone is talking about. Now, she turns her talents inward, mining the benchmarks of her nineties childhood and beyond to analyze the tropes that are shaping all of us, and our ability to shape them right back.

In the opening essay, an interaction with Chance the Rapper prompts an investigation into the origin myth of her name. Elsewhere, Aisha traces the evolution of the "Black Friend" trope from its Twainian origins through to the heyday of the Spice Girls, teen comedies like Clueless, and sitcoms of the New Girl variety. And she examines the overlap of taste and identity in this era, rejecting the patriarchal ethos that you are what you like. Whatever the subject, sitting down with her book feels like hanging out with your smart, hilarious, pop culture-obsessed friend--and it's a delight.

Product Details
ISBN: 9798212690539
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: June 13th, 2023
Language: English