Sarah Vowell

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  • 15 years ago

    There should be books like this. There should be sketchy essay collections of lyrical lists previously published in journals called Fourth Genre. They should be written by young adventurers like John D'Agata who want "to explore the terrain betwee...

  • 16 years ago

    It has been my recent experience that in order to drum up sympathetic feelings toward a member of the Bush dynasty, one need only spend five minutes in a room with Gary Bauer. After watching Bauer tell an auditorium full of teenage girls that he w...

  • 17 years ago

    The mystery of Steve Martin is that he can express intimate knowledge of the ways of the kitten while retaining machismo cred; eclipse that grumpy Mike Davis to write the published portrait of Los Angeles this year; dissect linguistics with the we...

  • 17 years ago

    One of the packaging perks of the new 10-CD box set The Complete Hank Williams is a series of postcard reproductions of recent art about Hank. A more useful inclusion might have been a refrigerator magnet with a toll-free number for Alcoholics Ano...

  • 18 years ago

    Any movie whose first shot is Jonathan Richman playing his guitar in a tree—out on a limb, ha ha—is all right sir. So begins There's Something About Mary, the giddy new Farrelly Brothers film starring Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller. Hasn't...

  • 18 years ago

    If you believe, as I do, that there are few ideas more beautiful than the idea of radio, then you are condemned to become a kind of audio Don Juan, moving from bed to bed, loathing some, enjoying others, but never meeting an actual lover who can m...


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