Sarah Vowell on KCRW’s Bookworm
Sarah Vowell is a total dork. Need proof? Here she is, pictured with sex columnist/writer/podcaster Dan Savage, and Ira Glass and Jonathan Goldstein from PRI’s “This American Life.”
Just being allowed in that picture ensures you that she sports some sincere 21st century hipster/nerd cred. However, she still primarily contributes her art in a floundering medium: printed books. She’s on tour to promote her latest, entitled The Wordy Shipmates, and subsequently stopped by Southern California public radio station KCRW to discuss it with Michael Silverblatt of the show “Bookworm.” He’s a fantastic interviewer of authors, if a bit snore-inducing at times. (It might be the aural eqiuvalent of Sleepytime Tea.)
Listen if you dare to Silverblatt get wrapped up in pop-culture references and subsequently diminish Ms. Vowell’s study of American Puritans to stories of the Brady Bunch and Happy Days. Also, marvel in the fact that Vowell seems to be put on the defensive, and is so unsure of exactly what position she’s supposed to defend. He also throws in a pop-culture reference of his own when he calls her the Mr. Kotter most kids never have as a teacher. It’s equally frustrating and entertaining to listen to.
You should also consider picking up Ms. Vowell’s book The Wordy Shipmates, as well as her other published works. Seriously, don’t even attempt to resist the powerful nerd/indie credibility you so desire.