Tonight, Jessica, myself, mom and dad Dobson went to see David Sedaris speak at Chapman. His new book, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, is another collection of the sardonic, perceptive and humorous. Only, in this collection, the human characters that are his typical fodder, his inspiration, his reasons to get it all on the page- these people are transformed, quite aptly, into the beasts and critters of the animal kingdom. In other words, these are animal fables. And in classic Sedaris fashion, they are every bit as biting and comedically fresh as his all too honest stories about family, social norms and politics.
He read a few of these animal tales tonight, in addition to reading a few recent diary scribbles and other short stories.
I must say, the man is brilliant. His timing and tone are perfect, which often results in a beautifully sanctimonious balance between discomfort and comedy.
If you have not read Sedaris (or have not listened to him on audiobook) then you should give him a go.
Other Sedaris gems include:
And some Audio at NPR.
Oh, and one thing I forgot to mention. Sedaris mentioned that during every book tour he brings a new book recommendation. This time he brought Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned: Stories by Wells Tower. He also read from this. I think I may go pick this up. For now, I’ll add it to my Goodreads list.