sedaris post-mortem

It’s difficult to imagine paying someone to listen as they read from their diary, but that’s essentially what I did Tuesday night in going to see David Sedaris’s reading. And I would not hesitate to do it again.

I had imagined that Sedaris, on a book tour after the publication of When You Are Engulfed in Flames, would be reading primarily from his newest book. But I was pleasantly surprised when he opened with an obviously new essay about the recent election of President Obama. After reading another essay and the beginning of a work in progress, he then proceeded to read excerpts from his diary. Which were just as hilarious as everything else he had read — his view of day to day events clearly provides plentiful source material for his writing.

I attended the reading with my husband and little sister, and we got to the auditorium just in time to briefly meet Sedaris at his book signing. I can unequivocally say he is the most random person I have ever come into contact with. During our brief conversation, we touched on the topics of burritos, Craisins, leprechauns, marriage, Kroger’s, and prescription medications. But it’s exactly this randomness that, when woven into essays and stories, makes for such hilarious reading.


~ by Molly on April 9, 2009.

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