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Beloved for his personal essays and short stories, David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, and Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002).He is the author of Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, a collection of fables with illustrations by Ian Falconer. He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories.
In between performances, out on the West Coast, Sedaris stopped by our Vancouver studio to bring one of his essays to life.
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Last year, David Sedaris, the pre-eminent American humourist who regularly sells out concert halls on both sides of the Atlantic, released a collection of diaries that, among other things, recalled his wayward youth spent hitchhiking, taking crystal meth and writing — in his own words — reams of “complete bullshit”.
For fans accustomed to waspish anecdotes about rude First Class airline passengers, Death, wealth and middle age are once again his central preoccupations in these 21 typically arch essays.