Sunday, July 17, 2005


Save Sarah

Apparently NY Times op-ed columnist Maureen Dowd has been on book leave for a few weeks. I hadn't noticed because I am unable to read her vitriolic columns despite my desire to better understand her viewpoint; she is simply too angry. It was the local paper that pointed out that Bozeman native Sarah Vowell of The Incredibles and This American Life fame had been filling in for Dowd. Reading this, of course, prompted me to go read a few of Vowell's columns. I found her to be witty, interesting, funny, insightful, self-deprecating, and liberal. Of those qualities, I can only attribute one or two to Dowd.

Save Sarah. Ditch Dowd.

As a disclaimer let me say that I was already a bit of a Vowell fan, largely because of the quality of her contributions to This American Life, but also because she's a Montana native despite her best attempts to stay away later in life.

I never really read Dowd's pieces, but I've thought Vowell's were pretty good.
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