The Wit of David Sedaris
One author I’ve come to love like a best buddy who you find really entertaining but doesn’t even know you are alive is David Sedaris. He is actually the brother of the actress Amy Sedaris, which I think should be reason enough to read his books.
I however, like I do with most books these days, listen to his audio books, which I think adds an extra special layer to the enjoyment of his stories. He doesn’t do much fiction, he mostly shares odd stories of his life and something about his voice I think makes everything that much more amusing.
Here are clever remarks of his from different books:
â€œIf youâ€™re looking for sympathy, youâ€™ll find it between shit and syphilis in the dictionary.â€
â€œWe were not a hugging people. In terms of emotional comfort it was our belief that no amount of physical contact could match the healing powers of a well made cocktail.â€
â€œFollow seven beers with a couple of scotches and a thimble of good marijuana, and itâ€™s funny how sleep just sort of comes on its own. Often I never even made it to bed. Iâ€™d squat down to pet the cat and wake up on the floor eight hours later, having lost a perfectly good excuse to change my clothes. Iâ€™m now told that this is not called â€˜going to sleepâ€™ but rather â€˜passing out,â€™ a phrase that carries a distinct hint of judgment.â€
â€œIt was my friend Frank, a writer in San Francisco, who finally set me straight. When asked about my new look he put down his fork and stared at me for a few moments. â€œA bow tie announces to the world you can no longer get an erection.â€
â€œI recalled my mother, flushed with wine, pounding on the tabletop one night, saying, â€˜Love? I love a good steak cooked rare. I love my cat, and I loveâ€¦ â€™ My sisters and I leaned forward, waiting to hear our names. â€˜Tums,â€™ our mother said. â€˜I love Tums.â€™â€
â€” â€œMe Talk Pretty One Dayâ€
If only he blogged or was on Twitter, then at least someone could amuse me while I’m at work. Instead all I have is you people to amuse me and that’s really sad.