Friday, October 10, 2008

Nerd Girl of Note #5

Who is it? Sarah Vowell
Why do nerds love her? Chicago Public Radio's This American Life, Assassination Vacation, The Incredibles.
Nerd, or just loved by nerds? An admitted nerd.
Websites: Profile at the Steven Barclay Agency

Rock critic, voice actress, historian, author, social observer. Sarah Vowell is smart and funny, a little bit goth, a bit punky, and a little subversive. Her work on This American Life is memorable and always fun.

Vowell's book Assassination Vacation is a fun history of America's first three presidential assassinations, Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinnley. There are a lot of side journeys and a hard look at the assassins. If you can get it as an audio book, do it. Vowell's reading adds a lot to the story, and there are many big named guests protraying characters, such as Jon Stewart as Garfield, Stephen King as Lincoln, and Conan O'Brien as Robert Todd Lincoln.

2 comments:

Mickey Glitter said...

I adore Sarah Vowell. My brother-in-law turned me on to her and I've never looked back.

Darius Whiteplume said...

Her first two books are the best, though I want to warm up to "The Wordy Shipmates" since it is so out of her typical element. I wish they'd do a collection of her "This American Life" pieces.

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