Friday Fancy: Werner Herzog’s voice
Here’s a fact: I like stories. I love stories. We’ve all had bedtime stories read to us as children, and as I’ve gotten older, it’s become, understandably, less vital that someone read me a bedtime story. But if I do need that little pick me up, Werner Herzog’s got the goods.
Maybe it’s his gravelly, low voice. Maybe be it’s that clipped German accent. Maybe it’s the deeply inlaid sarcasm that drips from every word. I don’t know what it is, but I love it. My recent favourite is this clip, a reading by Mr. Herzog of the non-childhood, bedtime-story-parody, soon-to-be-classic ‘Go the Fuck to Sleep’.
Also fantastic is his reading of ‘Where’s Waldo?’. Who knew Waldo was such a sneaky bastard?
And Herzog’s reading of Madeline puts a whole new spin on this French orphan. ‘Children are next to sociopaths’ – indeed.
It is great. All of it is great.