Moe, John 1968(?)-
Moe, John 1968(?)-
Born c. 1968; married, with children. Education: Whitman College, B.A., 1990.
Humorist, critic, actor, and broadcaster. Commentator for public radio programs, including All Things Considered and Weekend America. KUOW, Seattle, WA, host of radio programs, including The Works and Power of Voice.
Contributor to anthologies, including Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans, Mountain Man Dance Moves, and More Mirth of a Nation. Author of column "John Moe's Pop-Song Correspondences," McSweeneys.net.
Conservatize Me: How I Tried to Become a Righty with the Help of Richard Nixon, Sean Hannity, Toby Keith, & Beef Jerky was adapted to audio cassette, Harper Audio, 2006.
Humorist and radio personality John Moe is an author and commentator whose interests range throughout business, popular culture, and politics. The host of a regular program on KUOW radio in Seattle, Washington, Moe reports on local Washington state business and technological issues. Explaining his impetus for creating the show, Moe commented to a Seattlest interviewer that "after a while I realized that business stories are just people stories. People who get an idea to open an ice cream shop or make hats or try to make a rocket to space or whatever. It's just people's lives plus an investment of capital."
Moe applies this appreciation of the human side of business to his first book, Conservatize Me: How I Tried to Become a Righty with the Help of Richard Nixon, Sean Hannity, Toby Keith, & Beef Jerky. As a political liberal, Moe has wondered about the motivations of conservatives and what drives them toward their behavior and opinions. In Conservatize Me, Moe undertakes a thirty-day immersion in conservative Republican culture, politics, icons, and entertainment to see whether he will adopt their views. He interviewed a number of conservative personalities and opinion-makers, including National Review editor Rich Lowry, controversial White House reporter Jeff Gannon, and numerous others. He listened to music that resonates with right-wing listeners, fires guns at a shooting range, attends a Toby Keith concert, visits the Ronald Reagan museum, watches movies that portray conservative values and ideals, and in general delves deeply into the attitudes of conservatives.
Moe's "commentary is good-natured and amusing" throughout, and in the end the "book does not produce insights so much as pop-culture commentary on its march to the conclusion that conservatives are people, too," observed a Kirkus Reviews contributor. In an interview in the Seattle Times, Moe stated: "It's not intended to change anyone's mind. It's intended to stretch everybody's mind." Moe concluded: "I think we can all hate each other less if we listen to each other more."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2006, review of Conservatize Me: How I Tried to Become a Righty with the Help of Richard Nixon, Sean Hannity, Toby Keith, & Beef Jerky, p. 889.
Seattle Times, October 4, 2006, Mark Rahner, "My Fellow Americans: A Liberal Learns It's Not So Wrong to Be Right," interview with John Moe.
Conservatize Me Web site,http://www.conservatizeme.com (March 4, 2007), biography of John Moe.
John Moe MySpace Profile,http://www.myspace.com/johnmoe (March 4, 2007).
John Moe Web log,http://monkeydisaster.blogspot.com (March 4, 2007).
PopMatters,http://www.popmatters.com/ (October 27, 2006), Chris Barsanti, review of Conservatize Me.
Seattlest,http://www.seattlest.com/ (July 10, 2006), interview with John Moe.