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two favorite writers

Over the past week I got to see two of my favorite writers in person.

First, last Saturday I went with John and Elizabeth to see Sarah Vowell at the Moore Theatre. I first learned about her way back in 1995 when Newsweek had a small profile of her as an up-and-coming writer based on her first book, Radio On: A Listener's Diary. She and her book sounded interesting, but I forgot about both until I started listening to This American Life, for which she did a number of stories. I've been a huge fan of her work ever since. In particular, her essay "The Nerd Voice," in The Partly Cloudy Patriot, convinced me that she completely understands who I am: "Being a nerd, which is to say going too far and caring too much about a subject, is the best way to make friends I know." So I am always thrilled to get a chance to see her speak. On this occasion, she read a couple essays from her books and one that's been done on This American Life but not published in a book yet. The latter one, about the sanitized "Thanksgiving" episodes common to TV sitcoms, apparently will be part of the book she's currently writing about the Pilgrims and Puritans.

Then on Tuesday, I got to spend the afternoon with Alison of the weblog bluishorange. If I recall correctly, I started reading her blog in February 2001, after Tony mentioned it in his blog, and I've been an avid reader ever since. Alison writes with fine honesty, clarity, and some humor about her life and her thoughts, in addition to making some great photo journals and some cool blog designs. She's currently on a round-the-nation roadtrip (the complete photo set is here), and she was here in Seattle from Sunday to Thursday. We met for lunch Tuesday afternoon (relevant photos start there), walked around Fremont and Gasworks Park, and then went downtown to see Pike Place Market and the Seattle Public Library. It was a lovely afternoon and I had a great time getting to know her in person; I believe she had a good time as well. She is planning to write a book about her trip, and I'm very much looking forward to reading it.

Hrm. That feels like a weak ending to me, but I have other things to go do, so it will have to do, too.

Edited several hours later to add: I don't want to delete the entry, but I'm not particularly thrilled with it - mainly because I think the paragraph about my afternoon with Alison sounds too much like one of my concert reviews, and that just doesn't seem right.


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Apr. 7th, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC)
its all lost in the phrase
"lovely afternoon" Come on... lovely afternoons sounds like an afternoon spent with you grandmother, having a tea party. did it Kick ASS?! was it awesome..?!? the paragraph lacks things like, where you went for lunch, was it good. I agree weak ending. we want more hard core emotion. : )
Apr. 7th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
This entry might not have the same ease of flow that your other entries have had, but I'm just thrilled that you got to see Sarah.

I owe you a big debt for turning me on to her work.
Apr. 11th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
How did you get to see Sarah, then? Wasn't the ticket a birthday present of some kind?

Har har.
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