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David Sedaris

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David Sedaris was born in Binghamton, New York on December 26, 1956, but he grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Much of Sedaris' humor is autobiographical and self-deprecating, and it often concerns his family life, his middle class upbringing in the suburbs of North Carolina. He graduated from the visa mer Art Institute of Chicago in 1987. He is a popular radio commentator, essayist, and short story writer. He held many part-time and odd jobs before getting a job reading excerpts from his diaries on National Public Radio in 1992. His first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, was published in 1994. His other works include Naked, Holidays on Ice, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002), and Calypso. Me Talk Pretty One Day won the Thurber Prize for American Humor in 2001. He has also written several plays with his sister Amy Sedaris including Stump the Host, Stitches, and The Little Frieda Mysteries. In 2014 her title, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, made The New York Times Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
Foto taget av: Oliver DelaCruz, November 19, 2005


Verk av David Sedaris

Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000) 21,188 exemplar, 371 recensioner
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2004) 13,303 exemplar, 194 recensioner
Naked (1997) 12,369 exemplar, 121 recensioner
When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2008) — Berättare, vissa utgåvor9,202 exemplar, 267 recensioner
Holidays on Ice: Stories (1997) 7,631 exemplar, 194 recensioner
Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays (1994) 5,455 exemplar, 65 recensioner
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls (2013) 3,516 exemplar, 162 recensioner
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk (2010) 3,404 exemplar, 168 recensioner
Calypso (2018) 2,328 exemplar, 115 recensioner
Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) (2017) 1,486 exemplar, 56 recensioner
Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules (2005) — Redaktör; Inledning — 1,226 exemplar, 14 recensioner
SantaLand Diaries (1998) 694 exemplar, 13 recensioner
The Best of Me (2020) 666 exemplar, 15 recensioner
Happy-Go-Lucky (2022) 664 exemplar, 22 recensioner
A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries (2003-2020) (2021) 502 exemplar, 14 recensioner
David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall (2003) 352 exemplar, 11 recensioner
The Book of Liz (2002) 278 exemplar, 1 recension
The David Sedaris Box Set (2000) 135 exemplar, 1 recension
Themes and Variations (2020) 127 exemplar, 6 recensioner
David Sedaris: Live For Your Listening Pleasure (2009) 84 exemplar, 3 recensioner
David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium (2017) 79 exemplar, 3 recensioner
Van je familie moet je het hebben (2010) 78 exemplar, 5 recensioner
Me Talk Pretty One Day [abridged] (2001) 72 exemplar, 6 recensioner
Naked [abridged] (2001) 61 exemplar, 4 recensioner
The Ultimate David Sedaris (2006) 36 exemplar, 1 recension
Pretty Ugly (TOON Books) (2024) 31 exemplar, 4 recensioner
Hundeleben (2002) 4 exemplar
Do I Sound Gay? 2 exemplar
Two Classic Stories (2014) 2 exemplar
Estoy bien (2024) 2 exemplar
Innocents Abroad 2 exemplar
Bitte lächeln! (2023) 1 exemplar
Karácsony jéggel (2004) 1 exemplar
NPR Holiday Favorites (2009) 1 exemplar
Letting Go 1 exemplar
Sedaris David 1 exemplar
Farm 1 exemplar

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The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2004 (2004) — Bidragsgivare — 744 exemplar, 6 recensioner
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2002 (2002) — Bidragsgivare — 600 exemplar, 3 recensioner
Jenny and the Jaws of Life: Short Stories (1987) — Förord, vissa utgåvor372 exemplar, 4 recensioner
The Best American Essays 2005 (2005) — Bidragsgivare — 344 exemplar, 1 recension
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010 (2010) — Inledning — 305 exemplar, 8 recensioner
The Best American Essays 2008 (2008) — Bidragsgivare — 290 exemplar, 4 recensioner
The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion (2011) — Bidragsgivare — 247 exemplar, 3 recensioner
Not So Funny When It Happened: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure (2000) — Bidragsgivare — 234 exemplar, 6 recensioner
Paris Was Ours (2011) — Bidragsgivare — 227 exemplar, 9 recensioner
The Best American Essays 2010 (2010) — Bidragsgivare — 227 exemplar, 7 recensioner
Strange Stories for Strange Kids (2001) — Bidragsgivare — 222 exemplar, 4 recensioner
The Best American Travel Writing 2008 (2008) — Bidragsgivare — 211 exemplar
The Best American Travel Writing 2006 (2006) — Bidragsgivare — 206 exemplar, 1 recension
This Is NPR: The First Forty Years (2010) — Bidragsgivare — 192 exemplar, 2 recensioner
The Best American Travel Writing 2002 (2002) — Bidragsgivare — 190 exemplar
Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: Work from 1970 to the Present (2007) — Bidragsgivare — 190 exemplar, 2 recensioner
This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work (2004) — Bidragsgivare — 163 exemplar, 3 recensioner
The Best American Travel Writing 2010 (2010) — Bidragsgivare — 101 exemplar, 6 recensioner
Man of My Dreams: Provocative Writing on Men Loving Men (1996) — Bidragsgivare — 78 exemplar
Best Food Writing 2001 (2001) — Bidragsgivare — 66 exemplar
The Best Australian Essays 2009 (2009) — Bidragsgivare — 21 exemplar
Brothers: 26 Stories of Love and Rivalry (2009) — Bidragsgivare — 16 exemplar
Every True Pleasure: LGBTQ Tales of North Carolina (2019) — Bidragsgivare — 9 exemplar


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Namn enligt folkbokföringen
Sedaris, David Raymond
Land (för karta)
Binghamton, New York, USA
Binghamton, New York, USA
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
New York, New York, USA
Paris, Frankrike
London, England, Storbritannien
Kent State University (hoppade av)
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Sedaris, Amy (syster)
New Yorker
Priser och utmärkelser
Honorary Doctorate (Binghamton University, 2008)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (2019)
Terry Southern Prize for Humor (2018)
Thurber Prize for American Humor (2001)
Jonathan Swift Internationaler Literaturpreis für Satire und Humor (2019)
Time Humorist of the Year Award (2001) (visa alla 7)
American Academy of Arts and Letters Medal for Spoken Language (2018)
Steven Barclay Agency
Kort biografi
David Raymond Sedaris (born December 26, 1956) is an American humorist, comedian, author, and radio contributor. He was publicly recognized in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay "Santaland Diaries". He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994. He is the brother and writing collaborator of actor Amy Sedaris.

Much of Sedaris's humor is ostensibly autobiographical and self-deprecating and often concerns his family life, his middle-class upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, his Greek heritage, homosexuality, jobs, education, drug use, and obsessive behaviors, and his life in France, London, and the English South Downs



I know I am very late to the party on David Sedaris, as this is the first one of his I’ve ever read. And I know that people seem to really enjoy his books, but I just didn’t. There were a couple of decent moments, but they were neither laugh out loud nor darkly ironic like I expected them to be. I have another of his to read, but I’m not sure I will. Just not my cup of tea.
snewell2 | 370 andra recensioner | Jun 24, 2024 |
As always, family is a central motif for David Sedaris in his recent essay collection, Calypso. The death by suicide of his sister, Tiffany, is a constant reference point, and is recounted directly in what I found the strongest story, “Now We Are Five”. His siblings have been a significant part of his previous work, but they’re everywhere here. Tiffany’s death, though he’s open and honest about their long estrangement in the face of her addictions, seems to have given an added sense of urgency to the maintenance of his family connections. And it seems to have softened him just a little. His wit is as sharp as ever, but there’s a poignancy there too. My second favorite story, “Untamed”, recounts a connection he felt with a neighborhood fox. It’s sweet, and slightly sentimental, and I feel like a younger Sedaris would have found a way to cut it with sourness or just excluded it entirely.

David Sedaris is, at this point, a man who has been well-known and wealthy for decades. To keep your life relatable to the point that people will continue to buy and read and identify with your work seems like it would be quite a challenge. He doesn’t always succeed here: in particular, “A Perfect Fit”, in which he recounts going shopping with his sisters for exorbitantly expensive couture in Japan designed to make them look like they’ve fished their duds from the trash, really didn’t work for me. It would be one thing if they were shopping for clothes that were glamorous, or even just luxurious but functional, but to glorify in the ugliness of these ridiculously overpriced clothes in an era where the income gaps between rich and poor yawn ever-wider just left a bad taste in my mouth. That one story aside, though, he mostly succeeds at connecting with the reader because he’s so good at finding the humor in the petty moments of everyday life. “Stepping Out”, in which he recounts roaming the French countryside picking up litter after becoming obsessed with getting as many steps on his Fitbit as possible, left my stomach sore with laughter.

I’ve often wondered what it must be like to mine your own life for material the way Sedaris does. How it must effect the people around you, with the knowledge in the back of their minds that you might turn this moment into a story. The reality is, as anyone who’s been bored senseless by someone trying to tell you what they clearly think is a hilarious anecdote at a party, that it’s hard to get these kinds of stories to land. Sedaris has had issues with being accurate enough to be fairly labeled “non-fiction”, and there’s a bit of a nod to that in “Why Aren’t You Laughing?”, in which David relates the way he would watch his mother massage her stories, sanding off the dull bits and sprucing up the punchline to create something worth telling, never mind that it might not be strictly “the truth”. Maybe people just figure that by the time their actual interactions with him come out in writing, they’ll be tweaked enough that it won’t really matter. I enjoyed reading this book, Sedaris’s wit and skill as a storyteller are as sharp as ever. I would recommend picking it up!
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ghneumann | 114 andra recensioner | Jun 14, 2024 |
When you make your living writing books of essays, usually prominently featuring your childhood, you're definitely liable to accusations that your treatment of the truth is...flexible, which is something David Sedaris knows all too well. Me Talk Pretty Some Day is the first of his books I've ever read, and I have to admit, some of the pieces it contains do strike me as a little too good to be exactly, totally true. The book is separated into two parts: the first focusing on his early life, mostly his childhood with his family, and the second focusing on his adult life, mostly the portions in which he lived in France with his boyfriend. He didn't speak French before he spent time there, and his frustrating attempts to learn the language are a major through-line of the back half of the book.

As in any essay collection, there are hits and misses. For me, personally, there were many more of the former than the latter here. Humor in books is a tricky thing...even if I find something funny, the most it usually provokes is a smile. An out-and-out laugh is a rare thing, but Sedaris managed to get a few good chuckles out of me (including while I was reading it on an airplane, which made me seem A sane I'm sure). "A Shiner Like A Diamond" (about David's sister Amy freaking out their father by wearing the bottom half of a fat suit on a trip home) and "Make That A Double" (about Ugly Americans refusing to even try speaking French, and the weirdness of learning to speak a language with gendered nouns) were particular highlights for me, but most of the pieces were decent to good, in large part because they weren't ever boring.

And that's where we get into the truth-telling. These are funny stories, based in fact. But are they true? There's been more than one examination into the accuracy of the stories Sedaris tells, concluding that at least some of them are significantly embellished. So if they aren't really all that true, sometimes, does it really matter? For me, I guess the answer is that it depends. For these kinds of books (memoir-ish essays, usually humorous or meant to be), I'm generally proceeding under the idea that there might be some minor tweaks, usually to fill in dialogue or some of the finer details. But it seems like some of these stories in this book (particularly the one about the guitar teacher) are more than just slightly spruced up. And that's a little more bothersome. Part of the reason some of these stories are so funny isn't just because they recount humorous situations, but because those situations are supposed to have been real. If they're not actually real...I feel like there should be some sort of acknowledgement that these stories are based in fact but might have been dazzled up to tell a better story, maybe?

That probably sounds more negative than I intend it. At the end of the day, even after I read about the likelihood that some of these stories weren't exactly real life, I did enjoy reading the book. And for me, that's what counts. I enjoyed it enough, honestly, that I'm likely to continue reading other David Sedaris books, because I like his writing. My husband tells me that this is his best collection, so I'm curious to read more and see if I agree with him. I'd recommend Me Talk Pretty One Day to anyone looking for a mood-lifter (especially if you, too, have suffered through the indignity of learning a foreign language).
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ghneumann | 370 andra recensioner | Jun 14, 2024 |
I was excited to read this book but I was disappointed. It was not that funny. Will go to a different author for humor. Some of it produced a "Ha Ha" from, but a lot of it felt too snarky for my taste. Will be my last book by David Sedaris. I read it all, hoping for improvement but it never improved.
Carolee888 | 161 andra recensioner | Jun 13, 2024 |


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