Matthue Roth's first novel, Never Mind the Goldbergs, was named a Best Book for the Teen Age by the New York Public Library and a Popular Paperback in Religion by the ALA. He's also written a memoir, Yom Kippur a Go-Go, a supermodel spy caper, Candy in Action, and a Russian Jewish hacker mystery, Losers. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, and he's a Hasidic Jew.
R.E.M. released the album "Automatic for the People" in 1992. I was 14. I was about to fall in love. My best friend was about to fall into a coma. I hadn't learned how to play air guitar yet, but I was about to. And every song on that album was screaming my name.