Here are my thoughts in response to Cynthia Leitich Smith's recent post on including pop culture in contemporary novels.
Cyn, I'm so thankful this generation of teens has our pop culture and more at their fingertips. This just wasn't the case for my mother and her mother.
Whether it's vintage on youtube, or hulu, or project playlist, nearly all the media material of generations past are accessible today.
This frees us as writers to draw on memories important to us, yet still connect with today's teen. Just as you did in Rain is not my Indian Name. It was no big deal to reference M*A*S*H in my novel Loose Threads.
What a win win! My mom will often laugh when she visits and hears Dean Martin seeping from my sixteen year old daughter's ipod. Just goes to show...