March 22, 2005

Make Mine a Foster's

If you aren't already a regular reader of The Atlantic- and you should be- get it this month just to read the piece by David Foster Wallace, "Host."

With (literally) colorful, jocose editorial sidenotes, explanations and micro-histories, he examines the conservative talk show phenomena through the lens of John Ziegler, host of The John Ziegler Show broadcast out of KFI, the local right-wing monarch of AM radio in Los Angeles.

I was able to glean the perfect explanation for my conservative political siblings as to why their moderate sister much prefers the news (even with an "elite" perspective) over entertainment from a related article by P.J. O'Rourke linked at The Atlantic site:

"I listen to NPR: "World to end—poor and minorities hardest hit. I like to argue with the radio."

Posted by Rae at March 22, 2005 11:52 AM | TrackBack

If I get tired while I'm driving, I turn on the talk radio, soon I'm not tired anymore. :D

Posted by: Jon at March 22, 2005 01:14 PM

I picked up that mag on yr recommendation, & thoroughly enjoyed that article. DFW wrote a piece that wasn't condescending & didn't 'take sides'

Posted by: jeff at March 22, 2005 08:45 PM
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