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Monday, October 13, 2008


Sarah Vowell

It's not that Sarah Vowell's first few books—Take the Cannoli and Radio On—were bad; they were really, really funny. But when the NPR commentator (and sometimes animated superhero) started writing books about American history, like Assassination Vacation (a road trip to presidential assassination sites) and this month's The Wordy Shipmates (about Puritans and their sexy, sexy secret lives), she found her calling. Vowell tells us where we are by exploring—hilariously—where we've been. (Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, 800-838-3006. 7:30 pm, $5.)


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Did anyone else listen to her on KUOW this morning? It was one of the most awkward, uncomfortable interviews I've ever heard. Her contempt for Steve Scher was palpable over the airwaves. Not that I'd fault anyone for disliking Steve Scher, but it wasn't really a good plug for her book, either.

Posted by Aislinn | October 13, 2008 11:10 AM

Her interview on the Daily Show last week was classic. "If the eastern seaboard is American enough for Al Qaeda, then it should be American enough for Republicans."

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | October 13, 2008 11:26 AM

All I heard on KUOW this morning was them begging for my money. I already gave you my car, bitches, what more do you want from me?

Posted by w7ngman | October 13, 2008 11:59 AM

Seriously. KUOW's constant appeals for money make them tough to listen to in the mornings. I bailed months ago and now use my cheapass secondhand Shuffle.

Posted by Greg | October 13, 2008 12:55 PM

To nitpick: Sarah Vowell's radio work is on This American Life, a show distributed by Public Radio International, a competitor to NPR. So she's not, strictly speaking, an "NPR commentator."

Posted by abpend | October 13, 2008 1:52 PM

I picked up Assassination Vacation on iPod for a long car trip this summer, and I was stunned by how unceasingly whiny she is. Not about politics or history especially, but everything. From car rides to food to boat trips, the whole thing was like listening to a hypochondriac acquaintance describe their recent allergy test.

Posted by Electra | October 13, 2008 10:08 PM

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