I’ve had a long illustrious career in radio. There was that one time in 1995 when I was on some Eau Claire radio station’s morning talk-radio program for dissing hard on Paul Revere & The Raiders in a newspaper review.
And then there was that one time this winter that Mary Lucia said, “Jodi from Shakopee is a writer, so you know she has no money, but she’s renewing her membership” during Minnesota Public Radio’s membership drive.
And then there was this. . . prepare for the all caps (you have been warned):
I’M GONNA BE ON ART HOUNDS! (it’s Thursday morning at 8:15 a.m. and either 4:15 or 4:45 p.m. You can stream it from their site)
Art Hounds is MPR’s arts program that airs on Thursdays and asks the very happeningest, smartest, most-intelligent people to talk about arts events going on around the Twin Cities. I was there talking about Ander Monon’s Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir and his upcoming reading at Magers & Quinn on Tuesday (June 15, 7:30 p.m.)
Going to MPR was a trip. I love that radio station (home of The Current) and being in the building felt a little bit like a pilgrimage. Recording the short spot with Chris Roberts was a lot of fun. He is infinitely patient, which is good because I talk fast and even when I read “slow” he said I was breaking land-speed records. I can’t help it, I told him, I grew up in a house with three sisters if you didn’t talk fast you’d never get a chance to say a damn thing.
I also learned I have a bit of problem finding the line between faux enthusiasm and sarcasm.
“I don’t mean to sound sarcastic,” I said.
“Just try it like this,” he said, and then read the Art Hounds intro.
I read the line again trying to mimic the way words he emphasized.
“Yeah, you still sound sarcastic,” he said.
“Now you see why my acting career never took off.”
“You wanted to be an actor?” he asked.
“No,” I said, shaking my head.
Like I said, it was a lot of fun and made me feel like professional book-talking woman about town. There’s something really nice about having your voice validated, and that’s what it feels like.
Now, I just hope hope hope I don’t sound like an idiot. I know I used the word ‘explode’ about 12 times too often and I’m convinced that I added an S to Ander’s name (it’s Ander and not Anders and he even has a whole essay about it in the book). So, even if I said Umm 58 times you gotta tell me I sounded brilliant, okay?