Posted on: April 25, 2013
“I’m the most important person in the lives of almost everyone I know and a good number of the people I’ve never even met.”
I love this quote. It makes me laugh every time I read it. That’s the beauty of David Sedaris. He makes you laugh with his satirical genius but you know there is nothing but truth to what he says. The best selling author will be at ASU Gammage, tonight at 7:30 p.m., reading excerpts from his new book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. His new collection of essays examines world travel through the eyes of Americans and vice versa. The nice folks over at Amazon summed it up best when they said, “From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler’s experiences.” If that doesn’t leave you intrigued, nothing will.
Sedaris was born in New York but moved to North Carolina as a child. He attended Kent State University before transferring to, and graduating from, the School of the Art Institute in Chicago in 1987. He published his first collection of essays in 1994 and has been described as one of the “rock star writers”. Currently, he lives in West Sussex, London.
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls will be his ninth published collection of essays. Some of his more famous works include Me Talk Pretty One Day and When You Are Engulfed in Flames. One of the funniest essays of his I’ve ever read is called SantaLand Diaries. It’s about his supposed experience as an elf in New York when he was working at Macy’s during Christmas time. Now, I wasn’t a bad kid growing up. But, like most children, every once and while, you have a tantrum because that’s what kids do. He describes a child, having a tantrum. His mother calls over to Sedaris, dressed as one of Santa’s elves, to tell her son that if doesn’t stop screaming and yelling, Santa won’t bring him any toys. I love this because I can picture my mom doing this. His response is priceless. “I said that Santa changed his policy and no longer traffics in coal. Instead, if you’re bad, he comes to your house and steals things. I told Riley that if he didn’t behave himself, Santa was going to take away his TV and all his electrical appliances and leave him in the dark…I said, he’s going to take your car and your furniture, and all of your towels and blankets and leave you with nothing.”
If you’re looking for some laughs to get you through the rest of this week, go see him tonight at ASU Gammage. He’ll be having a book signing after the show, so you’ll be able to meet the satirical genius yourself.
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