Radio On: A Listener's Diary

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Overview

There are approximately 502 million radios in America. For this savvy, far-reaching diary, celebrated journalist and author Vowell turned hers on and listened—closely, critically, creatively—for an entire year.

As a series of impressions and reflections regarding contemporary American culture, and as an extended meditation on both our media and our society, this keenly focused book is as insightful as it is refreshing.

Throughout Radio On, ...

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Overview

There are approximately 502 million radios in America. For this savvy, far-reaching diary, celebrated journalist and author Vowell turned hers on and listened—closely, critically, creatively—for an entire year.

As a series of impressions and reflections regarding contemporary American culture, and as an extended meditation on both our media and our society, this keenly focused book is as insightful as it is refreshing.

Throughout Radio On, "Vowell's touch is about as delicate as Teddy Kennedy's after a pitcher of martinis" (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times).

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Editorial Reviews

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"A cranky stylist with talent to burn."—Newsweek

"A sparky, ferociously intelligent examination of a medium that people forget about from one of the most promising young journalists I've come across recently."—Nick Hornby

"The magic really begins when you sense Vowell is absorbing radio as much as listening to it."—the Toronto Star

"She's very aware of how radio can divide and conquer"—Charles Taylor, the Boston Phoenix

"Her diary is more the coming-of-age story of a young critic, soundtrack included."—Chicago Tribune

"Radio On escapes its own insularity through its insistence on the language of desire: the wish for a country where every citizen isn't bent on seceding into his or her own Private Idaho, where it is still possible to speak and be heard."—Howard Hampton, the Village Voice

"Her comments on what she heard are illuminating and smart."—Gina Arnold, East Bay Express

"Vowell's touch is about as delicate as Teddy Kennedy's after a pitcher of martinis."—Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312183011
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/1997
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,109,333
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Called "a national treasure" by David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell has been a contributing editor to public radio’s This American Life since 1996. She is also the author of the bestsellers Take the Cannoli and The Partly Cloudy Patriot.

Biography

Sarah Vowell has turned her gimlet eye -- and razor-sharp tongue -- toward everything from her father's homemade (and life-size) cannon and her obsession with the Godfather films, to the New Hampshire primary and her Cherokee ancestors' forced march on the Trail of Tears. Vowell is best known for her monologues and documentaries for public radio's This American Life. A contributing editor for the program since 1996, she has been a staple of TAL's popular live shows around the country, for which The New York Times has commended her "funny querulous voice and shrewd comic delivery." Thanks to her first book, Radio On: A Listener's Diary, Newsweek named her its "Rookie of the Year" for nonfiction in 1997, calling her "a cranky stylist with talent to burn." Reviewing her second book, the essay collection Take the Cannoli: Stories from the New World, People magazine said, "Wise, witty and refreshingly warm-hearted, Vowell's essays on American history, pop culture and her own family reveal the bonds holding together a great, if occasionally weird, nation." Her third book, The Partly Cloudy Patriot, was a national bestseller and was recently released on audio CD, featuring the voices of Norman Lear, Paul Begala, and Conan O'Brien. Sarah Vowell's forthcoming book, titled Assassination Vacation and due to be published Spring 2005, is about tourism and presidential murder.

As a critic and reporter, Sarah Vowell has contributed to numerous newspapers and magazines, including Esquire, GQ, Artforum, The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, Spin, and McSweeney's. As a columnist, she has covered education for Time, American culture for the online magazine Salon.com, and pop music for San Francisco Weekly, for which she won a 1996 Music Journalism Award. She contributed the liner notes to the CD anthology Dial-A-Song: 20 Years of They Might Be Giants. Sarah Vowell is a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU. Vowell was recently cast as the voice of the teenage daughter in The Incredibles director Brad Bird's forthcoming film about a family of superheroes from Pixar Animation Studios.

Sarah Vowell has performed her work at the Aspen Comedy Festival, Amsterdam's Crossing Borders Festival, and Seattle's Foolproof Festival. She has appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and Nightline, and is a regular on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Author biography courtesy of the Steven Barclay Agency.

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 27, 1969
    2. Place of Birth:
      Muskogee, Oklahoma
    1. Education:
      B.A., Montana State University, 1993; M.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1996

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    First effort

    The only book by her i could not read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    I love Sarah Vowell's writing and own all her books, but this pr

    I love Sarah Vowell's writing and own all her books, but this printing is a big disappointment. Several pages are missing from the beginning of every chapter, so I cannot read the text in its entirety. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2006

    Great Book

    This is a must read for anyone interested in radio (as I am), or who just likes a good, well-written, and engaging book.

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