I learned about this on a This American Life Show. This is a good show to learn about American Life – at top speed. I meant two things by this: that the learning here is at top speed, and that American Life is at top speed too; American Life is hyper-active, as is the show itself.
This show is in four acts. The first one is very hyper-active, with the narrator speaking so fast I could hardly follow her. This seems to be normal for her family, as she relates its strange, complicated interaction with one of her sisters. You may need a rest after listening to this.
Act Three is relatively high-class: David Rakoff demonstrates—in rhyme—how to make a wedding toast for people you never wanted to see married in the first place. A nice change of pace.
Act Four is the best, and reminds me of Gestalt Therapy – remember that?
If you are a normal American, understanding American life is the last thing on earth you want – not understanding is our national pastime. If you are not a normal American, like me, you might enjoy it.