Radio on by Sarah Vowell
A Listener's Diary

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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.


About Sarah Vowell

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Sarah Vowell is the author of the bestselling Assassination Vacation, The Partly Cloudy Patriot, Take the Cannoli, and Radio On. She is a contributing editor for public radio’s This American Life. She is also a McSweeney’s person and the voice of teenage superhero Violet Parr in Pixar Animation Studios’ The Incredibles.
Published November 19, 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin. 258 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Any account of this vast cacophony is necessarily subjective, but Vowell, a music columnist for San Francisco Weekly, spices her impressionistic stew with unhealthy dollops of narcissism and jejune banality: ``I only conceived this diary as a means to say that I'm just as confused and overwhelmed...

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In 1995, Vowell decided to evaluate everyday radio, switching stations from talk to rock to NPR. What emerges is a self-consciously hip look at America through its radio programs. Vowell is deeply aff

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Vowell is deeply affected by the death of Kurt Cobain in 1995 and bashes those who bash him (e.g., Andy Rooney, whom she labels ""one boring grouchy jerk""), sometimes oversentimentalizing Cobain with inane sentences: ""While his music led so many young people to freedom, his habit has induced ot...

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