Sin and NPR
I just read “The Book of Vice: Very Naughty Things (and How to Do Them),” by Peter Sagal. Sagal’s the host of NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me.” I know that because I read his bio…I’ve never been much for NPR.
Maybe I’ve been turned off because of the shameless and desperate begging for money NPR does on air when they’re already bankrolled by huge underwriters, a fact made more embarrassing once one sees the mega state-of-the-art Chicago Public Radio facility at Navy Pier. Maybe I’ve been turned off by NPR enthusiasts who treat their listenership like an admittance letter from Harvard. Seriously, folks, it’s just radio. Admittedly, there’s more talk about Darfur and less T&A than what the rest of the world digests, but come on…
I do love “Sound Opinions,” of course. I maintain that it’s one of the best radio shows in the country, and I can’t help but feel affection for the show that gave me one of my first professional jobs (Producer, 1993-1995).
Back to Peter Sagal. “The Book of Vice” is whip-smart, clever, and fiercely entertaining. Sagal has fearlessly gone into the dark corners of both human mind and practice, popping in on a weekly swinger’s party, hanging out on the set of live porno television, and rolling bones across Sin City. His by-admission vanilla persona and gifted turns-of-phrase turn potentially seedy ventures like dining with porn stars and visiting a California sex club into incredibly funny sociological experiments.
I can’t recommend this book enough. On a related note, I’m planning on listening to his show on Saturday and subscribing to the podcast. Can’t wait.