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Sarah Vowell

Sarah Jane Vowell (born December 27, 1969) is an American author, journalist, essayist and social commentator. Often referred to as a social observer, Vowell has written six nonfiction books on American history and culture, and was a contributing editor for the radio program This American Life on Public Radio International from 1996–2008, where she produced numerous commentaries and documentaries and toured the country in many of the program’s live shows. She was also the voice of Violet in the animated film The Incredibles.

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My daughter gave me this book by Sarah Vowell, knowing my interest in JFK assassination books. This book is a first-person account of the author's decision to visit the birthplaces and museums of the Presidents who have been killed in office. Sounds macabre, but it's not. She comes up with interesting stories about not only Kennedy and Lincoln, but James Garfield and William McKinley as well. I now have three more of Vowell's books, all on totally different subjects than this one. She is a regular contributor to NPR's "This American Life", where I think my daughter discovered the author. I recommend the book; the author has kind of a quirky writing style that I enjoyed very much.
Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Sarah Vowell considers the story of the Americanization of Hawaii to be the most intriguing.
Reading Nick Hornby reminded me of a Sarah Vowell & now that I've remembered about Assassination Vacation, I'm reminding you all to read it.
I'm Ira Glass and you're listening to "This Dystopian Life". Today's show, in three acts: "When will your parents die"? plus Sarah Vowell wi
I have a book suggestion: The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell. This book is mega-entertaining, as in fun. Sarah is a great writer of entertaining history. And it is also mega-informative, as in the origins of "Church-State Separation; proposed by one of those Marxist-pinko, God-hating, *** thieving, rich-people-jealous, Puritan Ministers just last year, aka the 17th century. A hundred years before the Declaration. I'm speaking here of the founder of Rhode Island; the first colony to declare itself independent of British rule. I'm speaking, here, of Roger Williams, banned from the Massachusetts Bay Colony because the man was too religiously conservative. The man who wandered for quite a time, living with the natives who he thought of as devil worshippers but still put in the time to create one of the first books translating the language of those natives into English and back again. Yes, that man not only believed in the separation of church and state, he had a deep, personal, vested interest in it. ...aft ...
“The only thing more dangerous than an idea is a belief.” ― Sarah Vowell
One-on-One will feature live conversations between Ken Burns and Kurt Andersen, John Oliver and Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson," Fred Armisen and the Audience, with Masha Gessen and music by Robyn Hitchcock. More guests to be announced Hosted by Sarah Vowell and Eugene Mirman. All proceeds support 826NY...
On March 5 at The Town Hall Kurt Andersen interviews Ken Burns, John Oliver interviews Questlove, Anand Giridharadas interviews Masha Gessen, you interview Fred Armisen, and Robyn Hitchcock will play you a song. Eugene Mirman and Sarah Vowell will host this event to support 826NYC and the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company's free tutoring and writing programs!
I've been wanting to ask you, do you think Ira Glass or Sarah Vowell deserve to be on this list?
This is the summary of Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell (Author), Fred Armisen (Narrator), Bill Hader (Narrator), John Hodgman ...
Tank Man, or the Unknown Protester, is the nickname of an anonymous man who stood in front of a column of tanks on June 5, 1989, the morning after the Chinese military had suppressed the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 by force. The man achieved widespread international recognition due to the videotape and photographs taken of the incident. Some have identified the man as Wang Weilin, but the name has not been confirmed and little is known about him or of his fate after the confrontation that day. Sarah Vowell writes in her 2002 book, The Partly Cloudy Patriot. in regards to the Florida secretary of State Katherine Harris who was likened to Rosa Parks by Christian Science Monitor writer Peter Grier. Miss Vowell writes, "As far as I'm concerned, about the only person in recent memory who has an unimpeachable right to compare himself to Rosa Parks is that Chinese student who stared down those tanks at Tiananmen Square. What happened to the "Tank Man" following the demonstration is not known. Some say he w ...
TOP TEN BEST KEVBOT EXPERIENCES OF 2013. NUMBER 8! THE LUNATIC GRIP OF LAWRENCE BLOCK – I don’t fall for new writers easily. Books, sure. Series, sometimes. But full-on authors? Not generally. Stephen King has been a mainstay since I was twelve. I went through a weird Michael Crichton phase when I was in my early twenties (weird because one of the few books I didn’t read is Jurassic Park). I got hooked on William Goldman (The Princess Bride) and Robert Parker (the Spenser series), on Harlan Coben and Nick Hornby and Dennis Lehane, I still lust for the Dickensian flavor of John Irving, and I remain enthralled by contemporary essayists and memoirists like Sarah Vowell, Chuck Klosterman, Rob Sheffield, Bill Bryson, and A.J. Jacobs. But none have hit me with the immediacy of Lawrence Block. I stumbled upon him while doing research for another book I finished this year (Stephen King Limited), and King’s essay on Block convinced me to pick up the first Matthew Scudder crime novel, Sins of the Fa ...
Ok. Tagged by Jason Jack Miller, here are 10 books that have stayed with me. 1. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell- awesome nonfiction that I love to read over and over again. It set up a love for history and the details we ne'er hear about. 2. The Devil in the White City - Erik Larsen - More terrific nonfiction. Parallel stories about the preparation for the Chicago Exhibition and the serial killer that uses it as cover. 3. Carter Beats the Devil - Glenn David Gold 4. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest - my intro to steampunk 5. Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice - gorgeous writing about vampires 6. As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner 7. The Dark Half by Stephen King 8. Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets - David Simon - great nonfiction about a reporter embedded with the Baltimore police. Author also wrote The Corner. 9. World War Z - Max Brooks- zombies! 10. Jennifer Government - Max Barry
Book rec needed: anyone read something as funny as say David Sedaris, Chelsea Handler or Sarah Vowell but in fiction? Aaannd go!
If you like NPR storytelling a la The Moth and Ira Glasss, comedy a la Sarah Vowell and John Hodgman, and music a la Steve Earle or Keren Ann, then this event is for YOU! Take a chance; we promise you're going to like it. (*did we mention the evening includes Bobcat Goldthwait, among others?)
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Humorist, David Sedaris, launched his literary career from a radio show on NPR called "This American Life". We have books from several of Sedaris' NPR alums that are great reads - try Sarah Vowell or David Rakoff - you will be glad that you did !
History is one war after another with a bunch of murders and natural disasters in between. - Sarah Vowell, Assassination Vacation (p. 208)
On page 96 of 258 of Assassination Vacation, by Sarah Vowell
Also the only superhero movie with both Samuel L. Jackson and Sarah Vowell, until she inevitably gets cast in an Avengers movie.
yeah that was the only episode I watched. I only like Sarah Vowell.
I had just finished Sarah Vowell's *Assassination Vacation,* and a friend steered me toward the musical. Great combo!
With that, I've now read all of Sarah Vowell's books & eagerly await more. Also, this made me so dark-sparkly-happy:
Fabulous (super nerdy & awesome) celeb sighting on 5th Ave today: Sarah Vowell (!!!)
Whiskey + music = happiness. Listening to episode 128: Four Corners and it's like Sarah Vowell knows me.
I know I don't sound excited but I'm finally going to read Sarah Vowell and that 9th Doctor novel I never read...
Even writers need relief from words. Sarah Vowell So what do YOU do -- run, swim, do puzzles, play soccer? Fun to hear what, so pls share.
“...the air has that bracing autumnal bite so that all you want to do is bob for apples or hang a witch or something.” . (Sarah Vowell)
Oh! Read "Assassination Vacation" by Sarah Vowell! One of my favorite books of all time. Hilarious and educational US history.
Unfamiliar Fishes is the only Sarah Vowell book I haven't listened to her read yet. I'm fixing that right now.
Finished up Sarah Vowell's Unfamiliar Fishes. Excellent and hilarious as always, and leaves you lamenting what we did to Hawaii.
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Sarah Vowell has just signed on as the voice of his sarcastic but supportive pet virus, Ultra-V.
- I'm going as Ira Glass for halloween. Would you like to join, and be Sarah Vowell? Hey, it was worth a shot
Fotoğraf: laughterkey: It still makes me happy that Sarah Vowell voiced her.
and David Sedaris are part of my dream team 4 a roast. Just add Jon Stewart, Ira Glass, Sarah Vowell, & Kirstin Wiig.
If you're at all interested in American history, read Sarah Vowell's The Wordy Shipmates. The last 50 or so pages read like a horror movie.
Kinda like when Sarah Vowell got all dressed up as a Goth so people would quit calling her "hun". I totally get that feeling.
Catching up with my college writing professor. It's great getting to talk about writing courses, Jane Austen, & Sarah Vowell.
Have you read The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell? If not, you'd like it.
Finished The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell on audiobook today. I want her to tell me the history of every state in the union.
On page 158 of 208 of The Partly Cloudy Patriot, by Sarah Vowell: The true American patriot is by definition skept...
Guys there's nothing worse than a book signing if you're not Sarah Vowell.
I got Wordy Shipmates and Gatsby but Sarah Vowell is so hard to comprehend for me
Dream last night: Sarah Vowell wants to be my friend. Who has her phone number? I feel she is channeling me and I'd hate to disappoint her.
Sarah Vowell: Even writers need relief from words,
I have officially listened to every with David Rakoff, David Sedaris, Dan Savage, Sarah Vowell, Starlee Kine and Tig Notaro.
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1491 by Charles Mann; Fun Home (graphic novel) by Alison Bechdel; anything by Sarah Vowell; Empire of the Summer Moon by Gwynne
Also didn't have any books by or books by Sarah Vowell & that I was looking for.
writer Sarah Vowell has one of the most cosseting and captivating voices I've ever heard.
(And yes, I know it's an old article recently re-posted. Dig up Sarah Vowell's old music reviews too. They're great.)
As a Pell Grant recipient myself, I really connected with this. "Bringing Pell Grants to My Eyes" by Sarah Vowell:
Years ago, I had a photo of Sarah Vowell on my phone as the background for a few weeks. Lost a girlfriend over that. I just love her books
You and Sarah Vowell seriously need to do something together already.
I love Sarah Vowell on audio. Also, am hearing that WHEN WOMEN WERE BIRDS, which I loved, is incredible audio
On page 31 of 258 of Assassination Vacation, by Sarah Vowell
Sarah Vowell would be the perfect narrator for my life story. Nerdy, sarcastic, judgemental and can make the mundane fascinating.
Where have you gone, Sarah Vowell? A reader turns her lonely eyes to you.
Designing and listening to Sarah Vowell tell "The Greatest Love Story of the 20th Century," Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash. sigh*
I just noticed that with every single girl I've had a lasting crush on, their first name ended in a vowel or vowel sound. Jasey, Kristina, Idji/Sarah, Sophie, Katie (x2), Brianna, Usha, Karissa, Alli, Laura. This is a very odd pattern. I wonder how long it will last.
Some things for you to think about. How much does what you name your dog effect what they become? If a dog is called Ri...
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I'm down to bear Sarah Vowell's babies.
With Michele Bachmann not seeking re-election, Texas Congressman Louis Gohmert is poised to bravely take the baton...
Mary's father has 5 daughters whose name is Nana, Nene, Nini,Nono, Then do you know the name of the fifth daughter?
How do you spell the plural form of avocado ? 1.avocados 2.avocadoes 3.neither 4.1 and 2 are correct answers
Reading a Sarah Vowell book always makes me want to ask my mom to mail me the box of my painstakingly detailed AP US History flash cards.
In Hebrew the name of God is spelled YHWH. Since ancient Hebrew had no written vowels, it is uncertain how the name was pronounced originally, but there are records of the name in Greek, which did have written vowels. These records indicate that in all likelihood the name should be pronounced "Yahweh." Shortly before the first century A.D., it became common for Jews to avoid saying the divine name for fear of misusing it and breaking the second commandment ("You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain," Dt 5:11). Whenever they read Scripture aloud and encountered the divine name, they substituted another Hebrew word, "Adonai" (which means "Lord" or "my Lord"), in its place. Eventually Hebrew developed written vowels, which appeared as small marks called vowel points and were placed above and below the consonants of a word. In the sixth or seventh century some Jews began to place the vowel points for "Adonai" over the consonants for "Yahweh" to remind the reader of Scripture to say "Adonai" ...
The final scene of is the gourmet-served-with-wild-rice version of what Sarah Vowell called "species-on-species abuse".
those of you who have homeschooled preschoolers - 4 year olds or so - what did you do and what did you use? Any ideas appreciated! (The boys weren't ready so much for formal learning at this age, but I think I need to have stuff prepared for Harper...)
I would rather dodge bullets in Baghdad... then try to date in this town again .
Where are the liberal-women, who are speaking up for sharia law?
How many of a kind of animals did Moses bring on the Ark? Don't look ahead for the answer!
If I were to get married today my wedding party would be huge! And that makes me wicked giddy! Brandy Santee Martha Medellin Lisa Crawford Meris Gadaleto Mary Beth Bulen and Sarah L. Taylor - love you girls!
Fathers day. Probably the most confusing day for kids in Basingstoke!
A HUGE Thank You to my friend Kim for getting Baylee to and from camp at UT. Both girls having camp the same week proved to be quite challenging. Also a HUGE Thank You to Krista, Jennie, Sarah, and Brandi for taking such great care of our SVMS girls this week. I love you ladies!
Immanuel has been purposely mistranslated,it should be Amanu Al-with His People Yasharal is Alahym...there is no i nor 2 m's or e in Abryt...its another cover up false pens of the suphrym.
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Our lives are like a flame. First, a spark in our infancy Flickering and moving back and forth in adolescence. Burning brightly and with intensity as we mature. Waxing and waning as we grow old. Sputtering a little for a while. Then finally dying as it burns itself out.
I'm ready to renew my Audible subscription. This week I re-"read" John Water's "Role Models" and "Bossy Pants" by Tina Fey while I made gallons and gallons of ice cream. I'm looking for more books in the 4-8 hour range that are read by compelling voices & are somewhat comedic. Or science books (I like ones about brain development). Tell me what you like.
There are times when I read some of the stories in my newsfeed and I feel like Niles Crane...I just want to take my red Sharpie into the bathroom and correct the grammatical mistakes in the graffiti.
One week until baby girl Riach is due!! And we still have no name! Any suggestions that go well with Avery and Mya?
Nicodemus says to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?“Yahusha answered, Truly, truly I say to you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of Elohim. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said to you, You must be born again” (John 3:3-7).If they did not know Him, they were not His children.The apostle Paul, a Hebrew chosen of Yah to be His child, His disciple, and an apostle, wrote this to other children of Yah, believers at Rome:“But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of Yah dwell in you. Now if any man doesn’t have the Spirit of yahusha, he is none of His. And if Yahusha be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Yahusha from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Messiah from the dead sha ...
An excerpt from a Washington Times article with comment. What exactly are the qualifications for a journalism degree? Is English a part of the program? "Names with the soft consonant “l” or that end in a long “a” — for example, President Obama’s daughter Malia — are more likely to be found in Democratic neighborhoods, while names with hard vowel sounds such as K, G or B — think former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s sons Track and Trig — are more popular in Republican communities." Comment: Let me see if I remember my vowels: A, E, I, O, U, and sometimes... K, G, and B? What kind of writer doesn't know the difference between a vowel and a consonant? What a dope! (BTW, nice subtle dig at conservatives by associating them with totalitarians - I'm sure the choice of letters - KGB - was purely coincidental.) Read more:
Disappointed w Sarah Vowell's book, Wordy Shipmates. Thot it would be history. Turned out 2 be "her-story" w bad commentary.
I enjoy Sarah Vowell! The Wordy Shipmates might be my favorite by her.
anything by Sarah Vowell is great, especially Assassination Vacation and Unfamiliar Fishes
I do love Sarah Vowell. Please email me and give me details about how your year has been.
If I didn't have access to free speech therapy at school, I'd sound like Starlee Kline or Sarah Vowell from This American Life.
How can you hate the smell of what Sarah Vowell described as "the food of joy"?
My dream job is to be on the Jeopardy Clue Crew...what degree do I need for that.
Mrs. Powell! How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran and The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
Calling all English people: why is it an hour and not a hour? Is there a reason? I had an ESL student the other day who was so confused, and I just said: I don't know why, and I hate that answer for them. It's unsatisfying and unhelpful. Let us find out for you: come back next week for the answer. Current Writing Center theories, after said student left: it's because of a breath in Greek that translated into English as an and not a (drawn for me by a co-worker who reads ancient Greek and made sense) and/or "a hour" is now acceptable because it's fallen into standard usage. I call upon your collective amazing insight, especially Megan O'Neill and Joel Davis. After all, Chopin wrote the Story of An Hour, not the Story Of A Hour. Did we miss something really basic?
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I am the anti- Chuck Eddy- I stayed at a Mudhoney show to the end...and Sarah Vowell? She *** too..
Any good book recommendations? Slightly limited by an aversion to fiction, aside from the classics. Love biographies, blown away by the Steve Jobs bio by Walter Isaacson!
Business venture idea: Open a restaurant around here that will serve greasy, artery-clogging breakfast before 5:00am (on my way to work). Jerks. So hunge.
Here it is, I'm just going to let it out and if i could scream i would!!! I feel like everything has falling on my shoulders. I am trying to be strong in front of my hubby, cause he needs me the most and I don't want him stressing because he needs to worry about this recovery and getting better. I feel that NO one really understands right now unless they are in the very same situation or circumstances that we are in. I pray, I cry, I laugh, I am really like an emotional roller coaster right now. I have not been working due to health issues that i have been trying to get fixed that way i don't have to go through any more spells of were i feel like i'm dying, because when you are low on blood and need blood and have lost over half of it you feel like everything is going in circles and can't even remember depending on how low you are what happens on minuet to another. The battles i have face with just my health issues alone is enough stress, and isn't just *** me, but *** everyone. Me having my healt ...
oh I love history and I just bought a Sarah Vowell book. Thanks for reminding me.
How and when did the 4th Day become the 1st Day. Where in Scripture is this record found? Where in the Scriptures are we told that the Sabbath is the 8th Day? I need help. I think I need to get back to kindergarten. I must not be able to read or comprehend. Can someone please provide these verses that the Lunar Sabbatist is telling me about?
Audrey is interested in learning how to spell words beyond the short sounds. How do I get organized about teaching her that? Anyone with experience?
Does Sarah Vowell know that Maisie Williams stole her face?
what are you reading? I ADORE his books. Have you read Sarah Vowell?
p.s. I would pay cash money for a full length book of Sarah Vowell + Doctor Who adventures.
On page 22 of 258 of Assassination Vacation, by Sarah Vowell
Kootab Kitwek, the last post, taankoochik was well responded and many of you got posted interesting riddles. Samburto is still looking at them. Raani keesir ng'aleek kibeesyee twekuutik che nwakeen ak che koyeen ( words that are differentiated by vowel lengths) write as much as you can but atleast five(5) must be listed. Here are the examples: 1.Kor ( become blind) versus Koor ( exchange news,get oil from fat) 2.Bsn (bewitch,dig in) versus Baan ( fatten an animal, journey) 3. Arar ( smelly) araar( cause to smell) Otestaay.
On page 8 of 258 of Assassination Vacation, by Sarah Vowell
Sarah Vowell is easily one of my favorite writers.Perfectly describes how I feel about America.Disappointed, but I've seen good, so hopeful.
Not so unfamiliar: Here's the thing with Sarah Vowell. While I'm in the midst of her books
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“I no longer drink nearly as much as I used to but, still, my motto is Sine coffea nihil sum. Without coffee, I'm nothing.” ― Sarah Vowell
Sarah Vowell's books are great audiobooks. I liked Assassination Vacation.
5 of 5 stars to The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
If networks are looking for a game show idea that would be cancelled immediately, I've got one called "Adult Mara Wilson or Sarah Vowell?"
At Barnes & Noble, quick, whose book do I buy? (Already have a Sarah Vowell, Between the Bridge..., & Austen in my basket.)
Engish exam. Answer 1 question. Time, 1 hour. 1.write a word that contains al vowel letters. 2. Write a sentence that contains all the letters of the alphabet. 3 write a word that has only 1 letter. 4 Wat is a noun?
I want me to be a light at this fruneral, no matter my flaws, the gift is still active!!
Am i just thick or was ne 1 else told that the letter y is a vowel at school cuz i was taught a e i o u was the vowels but according to family guy n google i was lied to all these yrs lol xx
Phonetics revision is slowly taking away my sanity. Read the definition of co-articulation about 10 times and it's still not going in :(
I'm watching the movie PLEASE GIVE, which has a sequence where Dennis Feinstein from PARKS & REC and Sarah Vowell show up to make the lead character feel bad about her job. And then - immediately afteward! - Mozart's wife from AMADEUS and Kevin Corrigan make her feel even worse. Take my word for it, you guys, it's the best.
this weekend on stations: David Sedaris talks to Terry Gross about Sarah Vowell hosted by Ira Glass. I'm Linda Hunt.
David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell, and Anne Lamott on music education: this week’s is spectacular.
LOL'd in the car while listening to replay ep 104 w/ David Sedaris (singing the Oscar Meyer song!) & Sarah Vowell (band geek!)
Vintage in my ears this morning. David Sedaris and Sarah Vowell fill me with inexplicable joy.
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Is it the one with Sarah Vowell talking about band? And then the woman on the plane that goes through turbulence?
Sarah Vowell on This American Life rerun from 1998 I somehow missed on my way through the archives (I'm up to 1999).
As I walk towards Lincoln Memorial I'm listening to the audiobook of Sarah Vowell's Assassination Vacation, about presidential assasinat ...
"What is less sexy than the mention of Steve Forbes?" – Sarah Vowell
Mom must be so confused.1 min I'm obsessing over next I'm gushing about Sarah Vowell like I'm composing a love letter.
listening to him on the radio this morning, followed by Sarah Vowell, it was like some sort of weird voice off.
Got the recommendation from Sarah Vowell's "Assassination Vacation," another great travel book. Any other recs? (2/2)
“Frank Sinatra is the first punk." So begins the best explanation of I've ever read, by Sarah Vowell:
turned on WNYC expecting the music of Jonathan Schwartz instead got the horrific sound of Sarah Vowell - what's up?
Am absolutely in love with my TAKE THE CANNOLI, by Sarah Vowell. Brilliant writing, laugh out loud funny. Do check it out :)
Awesome! and yes they are. I wonder if you're also a Sarah Vowell fan? Hey - is she hosting that? I heart her, too.
kinda like what they did with Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan & Sarah Vowell to convince them to do a voice in Toy Story, Anastasia & The Incredibles
I saw Sarah Vowell in the wild and now I know she really exists.
done sir who's next... Maybe Sarah Vowell? John Grisham?
When Sarah Vowell makes herself over as a Lewis Black-style rant comedian, her first album will be "Irritable Vowell Syndrome."
Sarah Vowell called bacon "the food of joy." Reason she's one of my favorite writers.
Sarah Vowell doesn't drive and she... Well she is awesome and I would marry her instantly if she asked but then who would drive us around
My - Sarah Vowell (audio) "Partly Cloudy Patriot" Listening to her is such a pleasure - she is even better on audio.
I can't believe I forgot the Lincoln assassination! (Sad because "Assassination Vacation" by Sarah Vowell is a fave book.)
It references both Ira Glass and Sarah Vowell in the first paragraph.
While waiting for Sarah Vowell to write a version of Unfamilar Fishes, I'm happy to read all day...
The liberal commentators who grate on me most are Ira Glass and Sarah Vowell. It's what they say combined w/ sound of their voices.
Spending my post-Hawai'i buffer day finishing Sarah Vowell's impressive and addicting Unfamiliar Fishes. Great angle, too.
Rejected sketch from today's writers' meeting: "Sarah Vowell, phone sex operator."
Just finished Sarah Vowell's book "Assassination Vacation" this morning. Learned and laughed a bunch. Anyone else read it?
4 of 5 stars to Take the Cannoli by Sarah Vowell
I loved Sarah Vowell like watchu talking 'bout
JFK history: Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell. In fact, anything by her.
Ooh, you're the second person to rec Sarah Vowell's books. They are definitely now on the list!
Go on a road trip w/Sarah Vowell & get a history lesson at the same time in Assassination Vacation
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I've heard really good things about Sarah Vowell's history memoirs. I don't do audiobooks myself, but enjoyed reading those
finished Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell and gave it 3 stars
I have heard Sarah Vowell's audiobooks are great because she gets Jon Stewart and others like him to do the voices.
Ugh. Have you read The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell?Good read about our zany founders.
The woman voicing this online course from work sounds eerily like Sarah Vowell. Except she's not saying anything clever.
"The best the slaughtered can usually hope for is a cameo in some kind of art" I love you Sarah Vowell
Sarah Vowell said once, in response to a question I asked, Beach Boys harmonies are like how we wish America was: virginal and sinless.
I love the library, and Sarah Vowell. Time to curl up with something witty, yay!
Today I learned about a book by Sarah Vowell I haven't read. Because a patron requested it. I had to hold in my squee.
.wifey is concerned about dearth of Sarah Vowell and and consequently thinking of voting for
You're totally right. This reminds me of Sarah Vowell's piece about Sinatra's death and "My Way":
Interesting. Listening to an interview with Ira Glass, talking about when Sarah Vowell visited the spot I photographed this morning...
you should read Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell
Unnatural Selection; and basically anything by Sarah Vowell
"It’s unwieldy and impractical, just like everything else I care about." - Sarah Vowell - Shooting Dad (via...
have you read all of Sarah Vowell's books?
I want to go to a dinner party with Mary Roach and Sarah Vowell. Can anyone hook me up plz.
Just realized I wrote a blog post comparing Sarah Vowell with Rob Zombie. Too late to take it back. It belongs to the internet now.
Somehow I had neglected thinking about how awesome Sarah Vowell is for the last couple years. Luckily, that's been rectified.
Reading things out loud as Sarah Vowell is way tiring than it oughta be.
4 of 5 stars to Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
when is Sarah Vowell's next book coming out ? it 's time already!!
A voice you may recognize from radio: Sarah Vowell on the history of the Americanization of Hawaii, plus Q&A
Sarah Vowell's The Wordy Shipmates isn't my favorite of audio books, but my god the Pequot War/Anne Hutchinson chapters get me every time.
I'm going to maybe be meeting Sarah Vowell in about 2 hrs. Bets are open on how I'll royally embarrass myself.
"[T]hen as today in Chicago, the mysterious equation of whiskey plus music equals what can only be called happines." --Sarah Vowell
Make sure to go to An Evening with Sarah Vowell tonight at Hollins University.
Finishing up Sarah Vowell's Wordy Shipmates on Audible. Need some more interesting to listen to.
Hollins Theatre hosts "An Evening with Sarah Vowell" tomorrow night at 7 - free admission and no tickets required.
"To say that he's a writer is to say that he's a procrastinator." - Sarah Vowell (finished Assassination Vacation, Onto Partly Cloudy)
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Sarah Vowell wrote something similar in one of her essays (Cobain was from Nowhere, WA; Sinatra from Nowhere, NJ, etc.).
Why I love Sarah Vowell: her writing. Here she is on *** Marriage
Crucial difference between Sarah Vowell's ex-BF and me: I married someone who *shares* my freakish obsession with XTC
Sarah Vowell supports your right to marry; abandons her own
a new audiobook: Imaginary Fishes by Sarah Vowell – a fascinating history of Hawaii.
He had a significant speaking role in Sarah Vowell's book Wordy Shipmates. I like her voice too.
If you were going w/ an audiobook, Ive been listening to a lot of This American Life so I'd say David Sedaris or Sarah Vowell
On Thursday, make sure you head out to Hollins for An Evening with Sarah Vowell!...
My phone sex voice is like Sarah Vowell speaking into a pillow.
What the what?!! Not all of Sarah Vowell's books are in Kindle format?! What if I wanted an afternoon of pithy essays? Sheesh.
This Wahmerican Life for babies, in three acts. Act 1, stories of babies who were brought by storks. Or were they. Sarah Vowell has more.
Reading Unfamiliar Fishes, by Sarah Vowell: I am so bored with this book. I think I may just abandon it for now a...
Just bought books by some of my fav celebs 2 read on vaca by & by
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents & In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez; The Wordy Shipmates, Sarah Vowell
On page 126 of 258 of Assassination Vacation, by Sarah Vowell
Breast Cancer Awareness
On page 86 of 258 of Assassination Vacation, by Sarah Vowell
Thanks! I faved so I can come back and listen to it later! LOVE Sarah Vowell
Face it, Sarah Vowell should be read by everyone, everywhere.
I'm not much of a history buff, but Sarah Vowell makes me almost like it
I usually prefer fiction. But that does sound fun. You might like 'Assassination Vacation' by Sarah Vowell.
The wimp episode, anything with Sarah Vowell, David Sedaris, Dan Savage and the 24 hours at the Golden Apple show
The thing about being sleep-deprived is that you feel weirdly emotional about a ten-year-old Sarah Vowell piece on Rosa Parks analogies
The fact that Amy Poehler is writing a book almost totally makes up for the fact that Sarah Vowell isn't.
Aight, just ordered two Atomic Robo books and one by Sarah Vowell.
"Going too far and caring too much about a subject is the best way to make friends that I know." - Sarah Vowell
Delightful ether in re: Rosa Parks analogies from Sarah Vowell on TAL this week
Re: the hilarious 'racist' comment, you might find this interesting.
Just recorded an essay for music special. Viva for my chance to pretend I'm Sarah Vowell
All I need to make it complete is a new Sarah Vowell book as well. And maybe something new by Zombie George Eliot, but that's a longshot.
Sarah Vowell's voice makes me want to hit someone. Sorry, Sarah Vowell.
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It's cool that This American Life went back in its archives this week so that I could hear a Sarah Vowell story. Her voice is great.
I've been reading a lot of non-fiction recently. Sarah Vowell and James Swanson played a big part into this.
Sarah Vowell is just as tinny and annoying as I remember her. I thought she'd moved to NY and stopped doing TAL. Should turn off radio.
I'll forever wonder what kind of "Lincoln" film Sarah Vowell would have presented.
You are the books you buy. Self-conscious. Penn Jillette, Sarah Vowell and Murakami.
the sportsnight Rosa Parks bit was referenced heavily by Sarah Vowell on NPR this morning. Too many make comparisons.
The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell, Katherine Streeter (Illustrations) Sarah Vowell travels through the American past and, in doing so, investigates the dusty, bumpy roads of her own life. In this insightful and funny collection of personal stories Vowell -- widely hailed for her inimitable stories on public radio's This American Life -- ponders a number of curious questions: Why is she happiest when visiting the sites of bloody struggles like Salem or Gettysburg? Why do people always inappropriately compare themselves to Rosa Parks? Why is a bad life in sunny California so much worse than a bad life anywhere else? What is it about the Zen of foul shots? And, in the title piece, why must doubt and internal arguments haunt the sleepless nights of the true patriot? Her essays confront a wide range of subjects, themes, icons, and historical moments: Ike, Teddy Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton; Canadian Mounties and German filmmakers; Tom Cruise and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; twins and nerds; the Gettysburg ...
Sarah Vowell examines the assassinations of Presidents Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, and William McKinley. The author, a self-described history junkie, visits the landmarks, museums, and locales surrounding each of the presidential assassinations. Ms. Vowell's travels take her from Alaska to New...
For the second time in this interview Sarah Vowell had to ask what Silverblatt was asking.
"I'm kind of interested in what I like or don't like, and I don't really care about what I'm *supposed* to like." ~Sarah Vowell.
Apart from 'EDUCATION' and 'AUTOMOBILE'. Drop down other words containing all the 5 vowels!!
When Sarah Vowell wrote romantically of MTA in 2002's Partly Cloudy Patriot there hadn't been a fare hike on single ride fare in seven years
everything Sarah Vowell has ever written
I swear, every Pakistani and Indian is born with a genetic inability to spell the word 'scrape'. I normally am quite tolerant with people's English deficiencies but this one drives me nuts.
Sarah Vowell and THE CHAPERONE - great picks! MT Riot Round-Up: The Best Books We Read in February:
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Two of my favorite non-fiction authors are Erik Larson and Sarah Vowell.
Today's morning readings - 2 pages each from: "Nichomachean Ethics" by Aristotle; "Gospel Mysteries" by Lonely Soul; "The Fall of the House of Zeus" by Curtis Wilke; "Spillover" by David Quammen; "The Wordy Shipmates" by Sarah Vowell; "Your Best Life" by Joel Osteen; "From Edison to Enron" by Richard Munson; "The Constitution of the United States"; "The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius"; "The Writings of Abraham Lincoln" and "The Holy Bible". Now...off to tear up this world today!
Name a vowel that doesn't have the letter "a", "e", "i", "o", "u" (or sometimes "y") in it. This is a tough one.
Good SABATH to all in good night... Bo loves you
Name a vowel that does NOT have an "e" in it!
will someone PLEASE tell this *** sister of mine that the following sentence is NOT correct!! "i don't know what's wrong w/me today but i've ate everything in sight." she's telling me "eaten" is incorrect!! ugh.when using a vowel or vowel sounding word use "an" not "a"!!!
I want to help plan someone's wedding . So to all of my friends : HURRY UP. Please and thank you ! :)
Listening to Sarah Vowell on audio book certainly makes driving around all day much less mundane
Lookin for someone who can design me a Tat with all my kids and grandkids initials - from beginning to end - A-E-J-M-W-S-L. Can anyone intertwine these letters into a cool Tat for me?
Calling all Hebrew students/professionals... I can not figure out how to type vowel markings with the consonants in MicrosoftWord. And might need some skype intervention! Anyone with a a great tutorial, or is just a pro at Macs, Hebrew, and their life in general???
Jd's father has 5 daughters 1. Janu 2. Jenu 3. Jinu 4. Jonu 5. ?? What is the name of the 5th daughter? Comment if you are BRILLIANT.
Morning Jolt By Jim Geraghty John Kerry Was For 'Kyrzakhstan' Before He Was Against It From a print news account: John Kerry has suffered his first gaffe as the new US secretary of state, inventing the nation of 'Kyrzakhstan' In an embarrassing slip of the tongue, Mr Kerry last week praised US diplomats working to secure "democratic institutions" in the Central Asian country, which does not exist. The newly minted diplomat was referring to Kyrgyzstan, a poor, landlocked nation of 5.5 million, which he appeared to confuse with its resource-rich neighbour to the north, Kazakhstan. The State Department kindly omitted the error in the official transcript of Wednesday's speech, which Mr Kerry delivered on the eve of his first foreign trip as secretary of state. (So John Kerry said 'Kyrzakhstan' when he meant 'Kyrgyzstan,' a small but strategically important Central Asian nation that has suffered from a vowel drought for many decades. Big deal? Small deal? I'd argue that our assessment of Kerry's intelligence o ...
Andrea Barrett, Sarah Vowell, I could go on & on.
When I graduated from high school I had 44 pairs of shoes. Now, 6 years later I have 10 pairs of shoes and 44 scarves. How priorities change.
MO has a lot of nerve even standing in the same room as they are in.
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I've made chicken parm with Polly-o string cheese. Please don't tell my mom.
listening to a podcast about Assassination Vacation by sarah vowell. flashback to AP american.
NOOO! If you're going to make a joke about John Wilkes Booth hire Sarah Vowell and she will make it FUNNY
I'm writing an article on naming characters (both player and non-) and would be interested to hear any tips or tricks that you stand by.
Think the Pilgrims were all straight-laced seriousness and tight buckles? Think again, says author Sarah Vowell. In her new book, The Wordy Shipmates, Vowell explores the lively history of America's ancestors. Just who were those folks living in the "shining city on a hill"?
On page 101 of 254 of The Wordy Shipmates, by Sarah Vowell
Just did that hangman styler on da dance floor U bet I rock
Teaching analogy as an argumentative tool? Try this Sarah Vowell essay as a complement.
"I'm two parts loner and one part joiner, so I feel at home delving into the epic struggles for togetherness." -Sarah Vowell
So one year ago today I voweled to live everyday to the fullest. I made this vowel bc Sarah passing away so young made me realize just how lucky I was. My! what the results! Great teaching job, cute home of my own, rebuilt a great relationship with Anthony, and feeling blessed to have the friends and family I have. I cant wait to see what the next year holds.
Thank you to everyone who came out yesterday and celebrated with us. Ten years of marriage and vowel renewal. Great time...
confirmed by reading a post involving Honolulu, it's unsettling feel, brutalist architecture, and Sarah Vowell. /cc
Happy President's Day Weekend! Have you read a book about a President that you'd like to recommend to the rest of us?
Op-ed by Sarah Vowell, one of my favorite writers, from February '06. 'The Pessimism Deficit' via
Just like Sarah Vowell: Due to my Civil War obsession, my new favorite website is There are dead people everywhere!
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I finished The Wordy Shipmates today. Sarah Vowell would make the coolest professor.
4 of 5 stars to Radio On by Sarah Vowell
Was very disappointed with Unfamiliar Fishes. Sarah Vowell's usual cheeky geek glee was gone & it was mostly dry info-dumping.
This was my first Sarah Vowell book and she's fantastic. And SO funny. I'm reading her book on Hawaii next!
Time for the annual listening of Sarah Vowell's love story about Johnny and June Carter Cash.
I love Sarah Vowell and the cannibalistic New York Giants place kicker, so I celebrate Vowell-in-Tynes Day!
Sarah Vowell's voice is more annoying
One of the mums who has been attending regular classes at Yoganic is 41, conceived naturally and has had fear instilled in her throughout her pregnancy from her OB and because she is "geriatric", they wanted to induce her early in case of complications! She was determined to go into labour before her due date and that she did. Yesterday I received this message from her and it touched me so much I wanted to share it with you: "I won't be at yoga this week as I gave birth this morning at 2.55am after a 2.5 hour labour- whoosh! Natural and drug- free despite being 41! All too rapid to try yoga moves or meditations. Tried vowel sounds but ended up going with general primal groaning and counting seconds of long in and out breaths in head".
Have you read Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell? It's also really good.
Can you name a movie that uses for its vowel all the same letter (ie legend)? Movies with only one vowel don't count (Thor).
for non-fiction, I can heartily recommend anything and everything by Sarah Vowell.
fun fact Violet was played by Sarah Vowell
For those of us who were reading books during the playoffs. - Thank you Sarah Vowell.
My husband and I have been discussing how to spell our daughter's name...Nora or Norah. Help us out and cast your vote. :)
"This is how a four year old tells a joke: 'Knock knock' 'Who's there?' 'I have a bug in my pocket!'" - Sarah Vowell
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Insomnia *** Now addicted to the game 4 pics 1 word...and stuck on one.grrr. gonna try sleep again. Wish me luck and don't wake me before noon lol.
bro, if you haven't already, watch The Incredibles. So much good Sarah Vowell in there
I'm giving away: Lot Of 2 Sarah Vowell Books. Check it out -
Just finished Sarah Vowell's Assassination Vacation, because my copy of WINTER'S TALE is MIA. Great book, she's a lady after my own heart.
Best tumblr ever? Officials Say the Darndest Things HT Sarah Vowell on FB.
Listening to Sarah Vowell's "Unfamiliar Fishes" while on the road to Science Online.
Listening to Assassination Vacation on audiobook. You know how you can have a face for radio? Sarah Vowell has a voice for print journalism.
Reading Sarah Vowell's description of the Onedia Community kinkyness makes me want to reread awesome ARCADIA.
May 2013 be the year that tilt shift photos of tiny figurines finally went back to the Sarah Vowell covers that spawned it.
Two fantastic books of tangential Lincolnalia: Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell and American Brutus by Michael W. Kaufmann.
Also Sarah Vowell is 5'4", or one foot shorter than Lincoln. This book is weird funny, I'm digging it.
love Sarah Vowell. Her history of Hawaii is great. Her This American Life pieces. EVERYTHING IS GREAT. So great.
(My favorite memoirs are essays. I look to David Rakoff and Sarah Vowell as exemplars of the form.)
"Americans have learned our history from exaggerated popular art for as long as anyone can remember." -Sarah Vowell, The Wordy Shipmates
Currently Kazakh language relies on the Cyrillic alphabet.
2 of 5 stars to Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell
So here are my options for tonight: Reading about Collections Care...or...reading my recently purchased Sarah Vowell book. No brainer right?
Anyone reading anything particularly interesting this Winter? I've just finished what may be Sarah Vowell's best book to date: 'The Wordy Shipmates'. It is an account of the Puritans' move to New England in the mid-17th century through the Pequot War (A true horror story). Both well-written - not a surprise, as it IS Sarah Vowell - but most informative and even occasionally laugh-out-loud funny. I HIGHLY recommend this excellent book...even if you don't really care about or even approve of our Puritan history. If you're interested in a quick, if very strange, read, you should find David Sedaris' little book of dark fables: 'squirrel seeks chipmunk'. I loved it and I believe you will too - especially if you also love the *original* versions of Grimm's fairy tales. [You'll love 'The Faithful Setter' (LOL).] Finally, I re-read Stephen Jay Gould's 'Hen's Teeth and Horses Toes' (1983). It's another collection of his essays from 'Natural History' magazine, and continues his series of brilliant essays ...
Just got back from college. Got my exam results tonight and I got a grade B in my biology.
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