I don’t like music very much. This is a strange thing to say, but it’s true. I don’t get the notion of just listening. Which is unfortunate, because there’s not much else to do when you’re driving.
I listen to NPR a lot, but it starts to remind me how pathetic my life is when I hear the same story three times in one day. (KPCC plays the same news at 6:00, 8:00, and 4:00, and oh my God, I can’t believe I know that.)
Sometimes I switch between KFI and Air America, to see whether my right ear or my left will bleed first.
Then it occurred to me that audio books might be the solution. I never feel like I’m reading enough, anyway. (Or perhaps I’m reading too much; there’s five books piled on my nightstand at various degrees of completion).
So, I went to the library to see if anything caught my fancy. I wound up with Machiavelli’s The Prince and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, by David Sedaris. I’d heard so much about both authors that I figured now would be the perfect time to give them a try.
I’m four discs into Dress Your Family, and I’m loving it. It’s amusingly droll (I won’t abuse the word “funny,” like so many other Prius-driving, latte-sipping, NPR-listening academics do), and a startlingly accurate portrayal of American family life.
I know there’s no way I could be 80% through the book without the magic of the compact disc, and I’m really happy for the experience. The only problem is, I now know for a fact how much time I spend in the car. In two days, I’ve heard four hours worth of David Sedaris. That can’t be healthy.
Still, I recommend it to all you poor PAs out there, stuck on the 405 listening to KROQ play “Everlong” for the four hundredth time.