ASSASSINATION VACATION By Sarah Vowell. pp. Simon & Schuster. $ Not long ago, I made the mistake of thinking there was. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell – New York Times bestselling author of The Wordy Shipmates and contributor to NPR’s “This American Life” Sarah. What do you get when a woman who’s obsessed with death and U.S. history goes on vacation? This wacky, weirdly enthralling exploration of.

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George Custer came to grief, forever making his name a synonym for “bad decision. Nov 01, Lauren rated it really liked it Shelves: First, I learned a ton. The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulyssesbecause it focused in on Emma Goldman, the delightful anarchist who was greatly feared in her time. Thumbing her nose at traditional, dry-as-toast, vowlel history telling; Ms. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player.

Assassination Vacationp. Vactaion used to share the king’s faith. Sarah Vowell, a contributor to NPR’s ‘This American Life’ and the voice of Violet Parr in ‘The Incredibles’, is fascinated with presidential murder and this book takes the reader with her on a journey to various locations which pertain to three assassinated presidents. Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley, along with their respective assassins, Booth, Guiteau, and Czolgosz, are simply the starting point.

Presidents Abraham LincolnJames A. He asked me if I had ever tried bubble tea.

Sarah Vowell: Death Takes a Holiday

Samuel Mudd a distant relative of Roger Mudd, the broadcaster was convicted of being one of the conspirators who assassinated Lincoln. They split a live dove over his head every morning.

There was a thirtieth anniversary edition and then an edition update after September They are not books that need to be written. It’s one of the few perks of assassination.

But for Garfield there is just no plaque. Four to be exact I had only known about two. But then it takes awhile to actually meet them.

Sarah Vowell on Assassination Vacation – Identity Theory

Yeah, he was a real interesting person. So anyway [laughs], it takes me awhile to think of ideas now. The resulting narrative is much more than an entertaining and informative travelogue — it is the disturbing and fascinating story of how American death has been manipulated by popular culture, including literature, architecture, sculpture, and — the author’s favorite — historical tourism.


No matter what we’re talking about, you will always bring the conversation back to a president getting shot. I guess learning trivia about when the colossal William Howard Taft came to visit he slept on the floor because he was afraid of breaking the bed in Robert Lincoln’s guest room isn’t enough for Nicole, because at the end of the day, she pronounces the trip “kind of a bust.

I remember very clearly from our last talk, your strong statement that you would only want to work with certain people. His actual death mask and how bony and skeletal it is, because he just wasted away for weeks before he died.

Assassination Vacation

I walk Nicole to the subway, hoping she doesn’t notice who’s playing, because then she might remember tagging along as my plus-one to a Foo Fighters show seven years earlier, when I was still making a living as a rock critic, which I fear might remind her what I was like before I went off the historical tourism deep end, when tagging along with me to work used to be fun.

What is so interesting scary is that how Vowell feels about Bush pretty much describes how I feel about Trump, and she dislikes Bush so much that she must be absolutely horrified by Trump.

Well, he was a drunk and a loser and a great general and great guy and a great writer and a terrible president. I have been lucky to stumble into a few good ones. One thing I like about writing things: After destroying the world’s largest empire ever, in all history and bankrupting a nation drowning in New World gold, he came to die. She also traveled to the Library of Congress where she viewed a display of the items which Lincoln had in his pockets when he was shot It wet my appetite to know more about the underappreciated Garfield and McKinley, and rounded out my knowledge on the Lincoln assassination.


Aug 30, Kim rated it liked it Recommends it for: But we are the only. Vowell also served as a guest columnist in Februaryand again in April View all 3 comments. I was going to write another collection with the focus being on death as entertainment. See a Video Clip. In death, you get upgraded into a saint no matter how much people hated you in life. I wondered how taking the train to Philadelphia to look at a sliver of the Garfield assassin’s brain floating in a jar is supposed to fix me.

Like Lincoln, I would like to believe the ballot is stronger than the bullet. This was just the first story I started working on, and then I quickly realized it was a whole book. This has been a very short but cool buddy-read with the incomparable Jeff-fah-fah and certainly not my last book by this author.

Price may vary by retailer. There are a lot of things to be embarrassed about there. Squeaky’s like, ‘I would crawl belly-deep through hell,’ and Hinckley’s all, ‘Baby, I’d die for you. With Assassination Vacationshe takes us on a road trip like no other — a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage.

Still, voice aside, I like the crazy, I feel like Vowell and I would do great on a road trip together. The medieval pilgrimage routes, in which Christians walked from church to church to commune with the innards of saints, are the beginnings of the modern tourism industry.