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Culture, The Exhibitionist Sarah Vowell: America's Missionary-Style Foreign Policy Is Like an Invasive Tree Species

Sarah Vowell: America's Missionary-Style Foreign Policy Is Like an Invasive Tree Species

Author (and former SF Weekly columnist) Sarah Vowell really has a lot to say about the role religion has played in American life. Her previous book, The Wordy Shipmates, is about New England Puritans, while in her most recent, Unfamiliar…
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Calendar, Night&Day Alt-History

Alt-History

National treasure Sarah Vowell's most recent book, Unfamiliar Fishes, explores the Americanization of Hawaii, from the arrival of the first missionaries in the early 19th century to their grandchildren’s coup, backed by the U.S. military, not 80 years later. Vowell,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Sarah Vowell Appears Thursday at Books Inc.

Sarah Vowell Appears Thursday at Books Inc.

Depending on your age and taste, Sarah Vowell's endearingly nasal voice and smarty-pants charm immediately brings to mind either This American Life during pledge drive season or Violet from Pixar's The Incredibles. As a storyteller, voice actor, and ace…
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Calendar, Night&Day Aloha Means Hello and Goodbye

Aloha Means Hello and Goodbye

Depending on your age and taste, Sarah Vowell’s endearingly nasal voice and smarty-pants charm immediately brings to mind either This American Life during pledge drive season or Violet from Pixar’s The Incredibles. As a storyteller, voice actor, and ace Late…
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Calendar, Night&Day Josh Is a Verb

Josh Is a Verb

Josh Kornbluth and Sarah Vowell are not the same person, as so many people are not the same person (Michael and Janet Jackson, for example). They do explore similar topics: American history, civic duty, and the sometimes-beautiful experience that is…
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Calendar, Night&Day Him Talk Pretty This Day

Him Talk Pretty This Day

David Sedaris is best heard out loud. Though his books are certainly funny to read -- among them the vicious Barrel Fever and the painfully comic Naked -- Sedaris' humor shines best through his voice. High-pitched, deadpan, and mildly Southern…
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In Memoriam The East Bay music community was shocked and appalled last month when David Nadel, owner and founder of Ashkenaz, the community-conscious nightclub, was shot and killed by a patron who had been kicked out earlier in the evening.…
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Junior Brown The surface appeal of Austin's Junior Brown is manifold -- the jokey album titles (Guit With It, Junior High), the chuckling lyrics ("You're wanted by the po-lice and my wife thinks you're dead"), the classic country voice that…
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Suspicious Minds

The immortal question Who has the best hair in the history of rock 'n' roll? Part 2: Jim DeRogatis, author of Kaleidoscope Eyes: Psychedelic Rock From the '60s to the '90s: "Forty years of rock history, 40 years of inimitable…
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Suspicious Minds

Is there a more Important Question than this: Who has the best hair in the history of rock 'n' roll? Like any red-blooded American girl, I've done my share of flirting -- licked my lips at Richard Hell's projectile tresses…
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Orbital In Sides (Internal/ffrr) Critics of rock music and rock writing have observed that newer forms like ambient and techno, the kind of music made by Britain's Orbital, get less attention than they deserve, perhaps because critics do not know…
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Respect Your Elders If it's true that the president of the Sierra Club doesn't know why people want to save trees ("Looking a Little Green," June 19), we can hardly wonder why. It's perfectly obvious that he (like so many…
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Suspicious Minds

There isn't an American alive who hasn't bought into some myth or another. We're stuck with dreaming, with archetypes and various forms of high-stakes romance. What divides us is where we channel these models, and really, there are only three…
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