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Is She For Real? 
9th-Oct-2008 11:01 am
Sarah Vowell on The Daily Show
So I'm watching The Daily Show, and Jon Stewart is about to interview Sarah Vowell. She comes walking out, and I immediately thought "Holy shit, why is Rachel Dratch playing Debbie Downer as a novelist whose name is Sarah Vowell?" Then she started to talk and I was really confused.

Did Debbie Downer evolve from this woman, did Sarah Vowell see that first SNL skit and have the same epiphany Arthur had in Velvet Goldmine and was all "THAT'S ME!! THAT'S ME, THAT IS!" whilst gesturing excitedly at the TV screen? Or is this all just coincidence?

I dig Sarah Vowell. The highlight of this video for me was her talking about the current state of affairs we're all in, and in her mousy monotone she goes "Luckily there's leadership to inspire... I can't even get it through that sentence..." When Stewart responds that she can't even be sarcastic about it anymore, she fires back "I know, I can't, I'm dead inside." Then there's the zinger about how if the east coast was American enough for Al Qaeda, it should be American enough for people like Sarah Palin and John McCain, in the context of them coming to NYC and appropriating the pain of the city after 9/11 and yet going elsewhere and discussing how they talk shit about NYC and its alleged snobbery.

Sarah Vowell writes about the elitist 17th century Jesus freak Puritans in her new book The Wordy Shipmates, which I'm sure is equally funny in its staunch defense of elitism as she is.
9th-Oct-2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
That was brilliant.
9th-Oct-2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
hehehehehehe I loved that one :)
9th-Oct-2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
From reading all her books and articles because I am a Vowell fanatic, she does have a history of depression and melancholy and so I tend to believe that she is for real here.

9th-Oct-2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
I can't watch YT here at work, so I don't know if this came up on the show or not...

But she was also the voice of Violet in The Incredibles.

9th-Oct-2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
Doh! You beat me to it. As I believe the story goes, Brad Bird (or one of the producers) heard her on NPR, then persude her for the part.
9th-Oct-2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
Debbie Downer is a great comparison. I hadn't thought of that.

She reminds me, though, of Daria, another woman too bright for the world she's doomed to inhabit.
10th-Oct-2008 03:51 am (UTC) - Well....
Everyone said they loved this so I have to say I hate it. Don't ever post her again!
Actually..I'm gonna go get a Vowell sleeping bad to snuff myself in. She is just that ON!
I even sent it to my mom.
10th-Oct-2008 05:03 am (UTC)
They didnt even really get to talk much about the book. I watched this when it was on.
11th-Oct-2008 02:59 am (UTC) - Your bread and butter... best guest commenting on Stewart ever
LJ embedding loser here, but you should not miss the great, not pessimistic enough for GWB, Sarah Vowell on her earlier Jon Stewart visit to plug her very funny book Assassination Vacation. I heard it on CD and loved it.

It's here. http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=129785&title=sarah-vowell Sorry about this.

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