Sarah Vowell

Sarah Vowell


12/27/1969, Muskogee, Oklahoma

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Sarah grew up in Oklahoma and Montana. She graduated from Montana State; where she did college radio. Later she attended Chicago's School of Art Institute for a graduate program in modern art history. Sarah has a fraternal twin sister, Amy. She has an allergy to wheat gluten. Sarah…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Sarah is the reader for the audio version of, The Wordy Shipmates.

    • Sarah's newest book is The Wordy Shipmates. It is about the 17th century Puritans of Boston and Rhode Island.

    • Sarah wrote for the New York Times in 2005 and 2006 (filling in for columnist Maureen Dowd).

    • Sarah is the President of the Board for the writing center 826NYC. It offers free tutoring to any student ages 6 to 18.

    • Sarah was a columnist for the online magazine Salon from 1997 to 1999.

    • Sarah was the reader for the audio versions of: Assassination Vacation and The Partly Cloudy Patriot; her most resent books.

    • Sarah wrote Assassination Vacation. In it she travels to the sites linked to the assassinations of president's Lincoln, McKinley and Garfield. She writes about the circumstances, both political and social, surrounding the historic events.

    • Sarah wrote Take the Cannoli: Stories from the New World. It is a series of stories and essays about American history, American culture and her family. The title refers to a line from the movie The Godfather.

    • Sarah Vowell wrote Radio On. It is her journal of what she listened to on the radio in 1995.

    • Sarah Vowell has guest hosted the now defunct The Majority Report radio show on Air America Radio, when Janeane Garofalo would go on vacation.

    • Sarah Vowell wrote The Partly Cloudy Patriot. In it she travels the United States, telling the stories of American history, both famous and obscure.

    • Sarah Vowell is a regular contributor and performer on This American Life radio show.

  • Quotes

    • Sarah: (on what is her favorite invention) Well, my public answer would be the printing press. My private answer will be caller ID.

    • Sarah: (on her personal "State of the Union" as told to Jon Stewart) sick I am of delivery guys putting menus under my door at midnight - scaring the hell out of me. And I think, 'that should stop!' 10 p.m. cut off - I'm taking a stand.

    • Sarah: (on "The Daily Show" about writing for "The New York Times") I don't know how you do it every day, but I get depressed and just curl up into a fetal position just reading the newspaper every morning; it's so depressing. And to write those columns, to delve even deeper into the apocalypse…

    • Sarah Vowell: ...I loved working with the people at Pixar. That's what it was really about for me, specifically working with them. And I loved the story of the movie [The Incredibles], and I loved my character. The teenaged girl. I really liked all the mid-life crises stuff. For what some people thought of as a kid's movie there was some pretty existential stuff on getting older and trying to have a family when you have a calling. That experience was pretty much perfect.

    • Sarah Vowell: I've lived in so many places, I think of the whole country as my home.

    • Sarah Vowell: Going too far and caring too much about a subject is the best way to make friends that I know.

    • Sarah Vowell: When I was a little girl I wanted to be Louis Armstrong. I was a trumpet player; in fact I am just a failed trumpet player.

  • Brilliant!

    Sarah is awesome.. her work on This American Life are some of my favorite episodes of the Radio show... her frequent appearaces on the Daily Show are always welcome... for those who haven't read any of her books... pick up "Assassination Vacation" next time your out... Its one of my fav books... part historical, part humorous, part auto-biographical... its unique and freshing as well as educational and scholarly... Her along with Ira Glass, John Hodgman, and Jon Stuart represent some of the most brilliant minds of our generation.

    I just wish she would appear on more shows, but her fear of driving and flying, and generally leaving the house... kinda holds her back.moreless