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06 August 2013

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You know what, I've read almost everything he's written but one of my favorite pieces on Sedaris was this BBC interview.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01r11wc

It just proves what a freak of nature he is and how strangely his mind works. If you want a quick summary I'll just say, the dude picks up trash all day on the side of the road...like for reals.

Also on a side note, I love that Ramblings program on BBC.

Sheri,
You know the fastest way to my heart is to provide a BBC link, right? Thanks--I've yet to watch it but will later.

Yes, he had an essay about the trash picking too--really interesting. I think he had to do that in England (or was it France?). Somewhere where I was surprised (unpleasantly so) that so many people seem to toss garbage out their car windows. Obnoxious.

I loved the passage about the family in the airport and the mothafucka t-shirt, though honestly I loved most of the book. I listened to the audiobook version.

But I agree, the fictiony things written from a fake persona were unpleasant. I feel the same way in his other collections. More memoir and snarking about real people, David, less make believe.

Oh, and I keep thinking back to the part where he lies to his dad about his medical findings. My God, that was really horrible. I'd have a hard time being friends with him, if I knew him in real life, just because of that one little thing -- only I'm sure I'd find some way to justify our continued friendship because, except for that one appalling moment, he really is funny.

Each time I finish reading one of his books, I feel like I know the members of the Sedaris family.

I also like large print book for the feel of speeding through. I have found that I can can set a good size font on an e-reader or tablet and read quickly, too.

Lesbrarian,
The family stories are definitely some of the highlights. I think of him and Amy Sedaris growing up in the same house, as well as multiple other siblings who probably also have some quirks...it had to be a wild scene. The essay where his father is always comparing him to some other guy on his swim team, too--everyone who's ever been compared to the class star can sympathize with that one.

Sure, he can be nasty. Sometimes I think that's required to be truly funny. Not that he doesn't do kind things too (witness picking up the garbage). But to be annoyed by two harmless people ordering their coffee drinks. That's a little bit nasty--but mainly a whole lotta funny.

Rick,
Still resisting the e-reader here, but I do enjoy a large print periodically for the novelty value (and for quicker hold fulfillment!).

This sounds like a very funny author and while I might look up some of his other work first, I hope to get to reading something of his soon. I don't think I could read it as a large print version though. They just drive me crazy because I feel like they slow my reading down!

Katie,
Yes, do try Sedaris: he's an important nonfiction author/essayist/humorist to know. And mostly, he's usually a pretty great read. I think the Santaland Diaries, about his experience as a Macy's Christmas elf, is in the collection "Barrel Fever" (as well as something called "Holidays on Ice," I think)--that might be a fun place to start!

Yeah, large print. I don't read them often, just when I'm trying to game the holds waiting list.

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