Friday, October 19, 2007

"Fuck you, you sloppy nobody!"

We got to see David Sedaris read last night. Good stuff.

That title is a direct quote from one of the stories he read.

It's funny. I expected him to be a lot more nervous than he was. He misread a few things at first, half slapping his forehead as he corrected himself, and it endeared me to him even more.

Between readings he would just talk. It was weird to see him just chat off the cuff--like a real person--as opposed to some disembodied voice over the radio.

Afterwards he took a few questions from the audience. The first guy stood up and asked him about Amy, and I felt embarrassed for him (the question asker, not Mr. Sedaris). You've got one of the greatest nonfiction writers of our time right in front of you, and you ask about his fucking sister? Pisshaw! Pisshaw indeed.

I feel really lucky that the smallish city I live in actually got someone like David Sedaris to speak at a local venue. Bloomington-Normal isn't exactly known as a "hotbed of culture" much as the local hoity toities would like everyone to think.

I loved that the reading was liberally sprinkled with curse words too. That'll show 'em.

5 comments:

Grant Miller said...

Did he sign books afterwords? We saw him last year and after the show he signed books. He appeared really short.

Tanya Espanya said...

I LOVE David Sedaris! Ohman, I'm so happy you got to see him, but I'm sad I didn't...

kirby said...

I'm green with envy.

Michael K said...

I saw him at the Steppenwolf a while back. He was a lot of fun. I have also seen Amy do a few things with Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello. When those three get together it is a lot of fun.

The Lady Who Doesn't Lunch: said...

I've seen him read 4 times - 3 at OSU in increasingly larger venues over the years and once 2 years ago in Kalamazoo, MI. I would go and see him a million times more.

I could never bring myself to ask him so sign my book because I heard him say in an interview on NPR that he hates to sign books.

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