At little junkies, we want to set you up with the best of the best so you’ll never be lonely. This week, stop (!) in the name of love, and check out this little muffin:
Name: Sarah Vowell
Occupation: Historian, Author, Actress, Public Radio Commentator, Essayist
Likes: Telling the truth, the whole truth, and nuthin’ but the truth
Dislikes: Gluten, driving, and video (as it has long been known to have killed that radio star [yes it did])
I’ll be honest, I generally have too many ideas to know what I am going to write about. Today was a particularly troublesome day so I took to perusing the interwebs for a little random inspiration. Then I came across this little ditty on Jezebel that gave me a shame slap to the face for not writing about it sooner (do watch the clip to see John Stewart gush over her intelligence)…my love for the intelligent, articulate, witty, hip, history nerd: Sarah Vowell! She is, in fact, one of my heroes and might be the best example of what it means to be a “good American.”
She is a historian and author that has published several books and contributed to pretty much every awesome publication in print (like Esquire, GQ, LA & NY Times, McSweeny’s, and Spin). She also retraced the Trail of Tears with her twin sister (and has a full hour on This American Life to show for it) and wrote a book about her vacation to all of the sites where U.S. presidents were assassinated! Um, that’s cool!
She’s Violet Parr from Pixar’s The Incredibles! Brad Bird heard Vowell on NPR, and knew she was perfect for the role. Even better than being “discovered” on NPR, Bird and his team convinced her to do it by animating one her segments from This American Life. Cute!
Check out the company she keeps: Conan O’Brien, Seth Green, Stephen Colbert, John Stewart, David Cross, Michael Chabon, Norman Lear, and They Might Be Giants!?! Also, she participated in the Revenge Of The Book Eaters national tour in 2006, which benefits the (totally awesome) 826 children’s literacy centers in NYC, Chicago, Valencia, LA, Michigan, and Seattle.
From one history major to another, Sarah: holla!