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FatherofFour
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Default  Posted: 12:15 PM, July 26th (Monday)

Okay - what am I missing? Seems everyone lists him as a favorite author. Every reader profile I see mentions him. Granted I have only read Me Talk Pretty, but if you ask me he's awfully overrated.

ETA - not trying to step on anyone's shoes here - I guess what I'm saying is tell me what else of his I should read.

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Default  Posted: 12:39 PM, July 26th (Monday)

He's certainly not a favorite author of mine.
He's good for someone who just wants some easy light reading that they don't have to invest a lot of themselves in.

JMHO.


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Default  Posted: 1:02 PM, July 26th (Monday)

If you didn't like Me Talk Pretty, you probably won't enjoy his other books. My favorite is Naked, though.


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FatherofFour
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Default  Posted: 1:07 PM, July 26th (Monday)

It's probably not even Sedaris' "fault." I just heard so much about how great he is before reading him.

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refuz2bavictim
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Default  Posted: 1:14 PM, July 26th (Monday)

easy light reading that they don't have to invest a lot of themselves in.

I'd say that pretty much sums it up. When I need a book that is nothing more than an escape or light laugh I like those zero investment types of books.
I do have some of his other books, and I related to "me talk pretty" the most, because of my ability to completely reduce the French language to the level of toddlerhood.

I don't remember Dress your family in corduroy and denim all that well, other than it was just OK.

Naked if I remember correctly was fairly funny.

They are all pretty similar for the most part, essentially a series of essays put together.

I liken them to reading magazines as the books are easy to put down between chapters the same way you can put a magazine down between articles.

edited for my usual errors

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Default  Posted: 2:21 PM, July 26th (Monday)

I read Sedaris because he is fun to read.

Naked was the first book of his I read--and, IMHO, his best and funniest. I remember laughing until I was crying at some parts.

Overrated? Maybe. Fun for a summer afternoon read? Absolutely.


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FatherofFour
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Default  Posted: 8:38 PM, July 26th (Monday)

I may have to give Naked a try before I write him off.

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Default  Posted: 11:33 PM, July 26th (Monday)

If you do like David Sedaris, I recommend any of the Vinyl Cafe books by Canadian author and CBC radio host Stuart Mclean. He writes heartwarming and humourous stories about a family... Dave, Morley, Stephanie and Sam. Usually he reads one of his short stories on the radio every week.

I don't appreciate David Sedaris as an author with whom I want to sit down and invest a lot of time in... but there are pieces of his work that I really enjoy.

I enjoy listening to Sedaris more than I do reading him... something about his voice and his own intonation for his stories just can't be reproduced by imagining it when you simply read it.

Check out his album "Live at Carnegie Hall," and especially his story about Saint Nicholas and the 6 to 8 black men.


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Default  Posted: 2:25 AM, July 27th (Tuesday)

I enjoy listening to Sedaris more than I do reading him... something about his voice and his own intonation for his stories just can't be reproduced by imagining it when you simply read it.

Check out his album "Live at Carnegie Hall," and especially his story about Saint Nicholas and the 6 to 8 black men.

I was just going to post this exact. same. thing.


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wantmore
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Default  Posted: 10:38 AM, July 27th (Tuesday)

It is very easy to listen to him do the essays on NPR, This American Life.

After that, whenever I read his stuff I mentally put it in his voice. It works better.


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Default  Posted: 12:31 PM, July 30th (Friday)

Some authors write in such a way that they are best appreciated if you read them as if they were speaking to you. He is one.

I still like his radio stuff better than what I've read, though.


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Default  Posted: 3:50 PM, August 11th (Wednesday)

Listening to his voice is way better, he is masterful at subtle accent / intonation / mimicry. My fav is the parrot story in Live at Carnegie Hall. Also the recordings with audience response is better.

I play him when I can't sleep at night and his voice is soothing. Puts me right out, not bec he's boring, but the voice is relaxing to listen to.

I like the last book on smoking too.


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Default  Posted: 12:38 PM, August 27th (Friday)

I enjoy listening to Sedaris more than I do reading him... something about his voice and his own intonation for his stories just can't be reproduced by imagining it when you simply read it.
Check out his album "Live at Carnegie Hall," and especially his story about Saint Nicholas and the 6 to 8 black men.

I was just going to post this exact. same. thing.

Me too!


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