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Sarah Vowell, My 'Shipmate'

Chris Klimek

Sarah Vowell isn't just one of my favorite nonfiction writers; she's one of my heroes. There are lots of reasons why, so here's just one: Her radio essay from Episode 247 of This American Life, "What Is This Thing?", about the romance of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. It aired seven days after Johnny's death. It's one of my favorite pieces of music journalism ever.

Anyway, I just got Vowell's new book, The Wordy Shipmates, and I'm going to hear her read at the Avalon Theatre tomorrow night at an event sponsored by Politcs & Prose.

Check out Bob Thompson's profile of her in today's Paper of Record. Particularly this:

In her former life as a music critic, she established a "personal moratorium on what I call inter-rock analogies." It was boring to compare Soundgarden with Nirvana. She wanted to compare them to "I don't know what, a pastry, or something that was just more interesting."

Right. So that makes two reasons.

Oh, I almost forgot: Check out DCist editor Sommer's interview with Sarah here.