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Radio On: A Listener's Diary by Sarah Vowell

Radio On: A Listener's Diary

by Sarah Vowell

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A critical examination, in diary form, of the state of radio in 1995. Vowell listened to the radio daily for the entire year and described what she heard and what it meant to her. The topics she discusses include Rush Limbaugh, the anniversary of the suicide of Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, the Oaklahoma City bombing, the opening of the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, NPR, the NEA, Clinton era politics and much more.
This was Vowells first book. As usual her writing is intelligent, witty and insightful. While not as engrossing as her later works I'd still recommend this -- esp to music lovers and NPR listeners. ( )
  VioletBramble | Oct 17, 2009 |
I really love Sarah Vowell. It's interesting to read this (I believe it was her first book) after reaing her more recent works. It is definitely less polished and while the journal style makes sense because of the book's concept, i think it restrained her too much leading to some pretty boring stretches.

However, as a music junkie, I really appreciated most of her commentary on the state of radio (around 1994-1995!) and found the book pretty entertaining as a time capsule from those years.

I'm sure any Sarah Vowell fan - or anyone who was listening to a lot of music in the mid-90's would enjoy this book. ( )
  alanna1122 | Feb 8, 2007 |
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Journalist--Didn't you have anything on?

Marilyn Monroe--I had the radio on.
To my mother, my father, and my sister.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312183011, Paperback)

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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