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David Sedaris

March 5-6, 2001

Bio

David Sedaris David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever, Naked, Holidays on Ice, and most recently of Me Talk Pretty One Day, and is a regular contributor to Public Radio International's "This American Life." Sedaris made his comic debut recounting his reading his "SantaLand Diaries" on National Public Radio's Morning Edition. Sedaris' sardonic humor and social critique have since made him one of NPR's most popular commentators. At the end of each of these commentaries, Sedaris was identified as an apartment cleaner in New York City. But Sedaris isn't "just a working Joe who happens to put out these perfectly constructed pieces of prose," as Ira Glass has put it. The great skill with which Sedaris sliches through euphemisms shows that he is becoming a master of satire. Sedaris and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name The Talent Family and written several several plays which have been produced at La Mama and at Lincoln Center in New York City. These plays include Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe, which received an Obie Award, and Incident at Cobbler's Knob. Sedaris has taught writing at the Art Institute of Chicago, and his essays appear regularly in the New Yorker. He lives in Paris.








Segmented Discussion

  1. introduction (2:59): MP3
  2. on teachers and wanting attention (3:12): MP3
  3. money talk (2:51): MP3
  4. political readings (7:37): MP3
  5. working a day job (3:17): MP3
  6. the surrounding language (4:10): MP3
  7. on cirics and criticism (7:46): MP3
  8. on editors and writing (1:03): MP3
  9. the importance of anger (6:35): MP3
  10. the international audience (4:26): MP3
  11. being a playwright (5:16): MP3
  12. reactions while writing (4:01): MP3
  13. inhabiting voices (5:24): MP3
  14. on smoking (4:30): MP3
  15. middle america (2:55): MP3
  16. on schooling (6:31): MP3