NPR’s More Funniest Driveway Moments
Driveway moments are supposed to be news stories that keep you in your car, listening with rapt attention, instead of going in to your home. Too good to turn off. I checked out the “More Funniest” driveway moments from my local library and found that I’d heard 25% of them because I listen to Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me and This American Life and other amusing bits of the NPRniverse.
That said, these stories are generally funny without being gripping, and while I respect the skill involved in creating them, I wouldn’t generally call them driveway moments. The one exception in the first collection is, for me, the interview with Joan Rivers, which was both funny and very enlightening.
I also enjoyed, as usual, Robert Krulwich as the narrator, because his folksy, friendly voice is just, well, awesome.
NPR’s Driveway Moments: Baseball
Those of you who know me understand that I generally can’t give a flying rat’s ass about sports. I don’t watch them, don’t follow them, and generally ignore them (though I do enjoy Olympic swimming, go figure). That said, I really like sports writing, particularly about baseball. It’s as though the intellectual part of me recognizes that the sport holds some possibility of real mind-bending pleasure and I can feed off that pleasure vicariously without having to sit through the mind-numbing tedium of actually watching baseball.
It’s not dissimilar from certain kinds of fandom scraps, which provide much more human drama and amusement than do the texts around which they resolve.
So it’s not surprising that I enjoyed the NPR Baseball moments quite a bit. The amusing little tidbits of baseball life give insight into what’s going on with the game and what fans get out of it. As with all good sports writing, it made me want to start following the sport. For a few minutes any way.
See also: My Socks are White, Indiscretions of Archie, Emperors and Idiots