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November 2, 2008 | Erika Schickel, Schickel is the author of "You're Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Mom."
Sarah Vowell has a face like a clean plate: round and serviceable, perfect for dishing up history. On a weekday morning in Santa Monica, she is wearing a dark, square-necked blouse, hair in a slightly stylish version of a bowl cut; she wouldn't look entirely wrong in a starched collar. Vowell -- author, "This American Life" contributor, voice of Violet Parr in "The Incredibles" -- has come to town to give a pair of readings from her new book, "The Wordy Shipmates" (Riverhead: 272 pp., $25.95)
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March 30, 2011
BOOKS Sudan: The Next Killing Fields? Will the secession of southern Sudan promote peace in the war-torn region or militate against it? Three scholars, including a Sudanese native, come together to offer their own answers on this question of the perils of post-conflict nation-building. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000. http://www.hammer.ucla.edu Sarah Vowell With her idiosyncratic sense of humor intact, Vowell dives into the rich history of Hawaii in her latest work, "Unfamiliar Fishes.
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April 27, 2000 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you've heard Sarah Vowell's voice, you likely haven't forgotten it. High, slightly nasal, it has a childlike quality that belies the witty and insightful remarks that fill her essays on Salon (http://www.salon.com) and in her books "Radio On: A Listener's Diary" and "Take the Cannoli: Stories From the New World." But Vowell's voice is most recognized from Public Radio International's "This American Life," heard locally Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on KCRW-FM (89.
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March 26, 2011 | By Susan Salter Reynolds, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Sarah Vowell is an intellectual melting pot. Her cleverness is gorgeously American: She collects facts and stores them like a nervous chipmunk, digesting them only for the sake of argument. Her curiosity is fueled by indignation. She insists, like a good empiricist, on seeing the people and places she writes about. She is the queen of that great American institution: the road trip. Pride, irritation and a kind of slightly sour laugh that is a common result of high irony are frequent responses to her work.
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March 30, 2011
BOOKS Sudan: The Next Killing Fields? Will the secession of southern Sudan promote peace in the war-torn region or militate against it? Three scholars, including a Sudanese native, come together to offer their own answers on this question of the perils of post-conflict nation-building. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000. http://www.hammer.ucla.edu Sarah Vowell With her idiosyncratic sense of humor intact, Vowell dives into the rich history of Hawaii in her latest work, "Unfamiliar Fishes.
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March 26, 2011 | By Susan Salter Reynolds, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Sarah Vowell is an intellectual melting pot. Her cleverness is gorgeously American: She collects facts and stores them like a nervous chipmunk, digesting them only for the sake of argument. Her curiosity is fueled by indignation. She insists, like a good empiricist, on seeing the people and places she writes about. She is the queen of that great American institution: the road trip. Pride, irritation and a kind of slightly sour laugh that is a common result of high irony are frequent responses to her work.
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April 16, 2000 | SUSAN SALTER REYNOLDS
Why is it that kitsch is even funnier in print than in person? Perhaps it's the solemnity of the black and white pages, the elegance of print underscoring the brassy, colorful absurdity of kitsch. Sarah Vowell is a madonna of Americana, applying the same ironic evil eye to Disney World as, say, Joan Didion applied to El Salvador or Miami. " 'Disney World,' " she quotes her traveling companion, David, " 'is like the liver of the country where the blood of America gets filtered.'
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January 6, 1999
* This Sunday: Sarah Vowell on Peter Guralnick's "Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley"
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November 8, 2009
Fiction 1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson ($14.95) 2. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout ($14) 3. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery ($15) 4. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows ($14) 5. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith ($12.95) 6. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein ($14.
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April 5, 2001
As NPR aficionados know, David Sedaris went from New York City maid to Paris-dwelling essayist in the matter of a decade. He has published three volumes--"Barrel Fever," "Naked" and "Me Talk Pretty One Day." Sarah Vowell went from precocious Montana teen to cultural critic on Salon.com and "This American Life" contributor. Her books include "Radio On" and "Take the Cannoli." What do the two have in common, besides the fact they they both found fame reading their work on NPR? Dry wit.
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November 2, 2008 | Erika Schickel, Schickel is the author of "You're Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Mom."
Sarah Vowell has a face like a clean plate: round and serviceable, perfect for dishing up history. On a weekday morning in Santa Monica, she is wearing a dark, square-necked blouse, hair in a slightly stylish version of a bowl cut; she wouldn't look entirely wrong in a starched collar. Vowell -- author, "This American Life" contributor, voice of Violet Parr in "The Incredibles" -- has come to town to give a pair of readings from her new book, "The Wordy Shipmates" (Riverhead: 272 pp., $25.95)
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April 27, 2000 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you've heard Sarah Vowell's voice, you likely haven't forgotten it. High, slightly nasal, it has a childlike quality that belies the witty and insightful remarks that fill her essays on Salon (http://www.salon.com) and in her books "Radio On: A Listener's Diary" and "Take the Cannoli: Stories From the New World." But Vowell's voice is most recognized from Public Radio International's "This American Life," heard locally Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on KCRW-FM (89.
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April 16, 2000 | SUSAN SALTER REYNOLDS
Why is it that kitsch is even funnier in print than in person? Perhaps it's the solemnity of the black and white pages, the elegance of print underscoring the brassy, colorful absurdity of kitsch. Sarah Vowell is a madonna of Americana, applying the same ironic evil eye to Disney World as, say, Joan Didion applied to El Salvador or Miami. " 'Disney World,' " she quotes her traveling companion, David, " 'is like the liver of the country where the blood of America gets filtered.'
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