He examines this willful avoidance ironically, through his love of the reality series revealed made-up characters or events that never happened, and the author has described his own recollections as “realish.”The new book includes an improbable tale of his enlistment of a child-size stranger, whom he met at an El Paso book signing, to surgically remove a benign egg-size tumor, which he intended to feed to a favorite snapping turtle at a park.
“All told, it was an exceptional evening: a chance to meet interesting new people and have at least one of them reach inside of me with her tiny hands," he writes., especially personal reflections on his family, feels true.
You can put a playlist together but know well enough that when you get up there, I’m going to go with Plan B here.
Don’t stick with Plan A just because you have it written down, because it’s not necessarily going to work every night.
While working on your diaries, did you go through a period when you were reading diaries or memoirs? I love it when they’re a kid and they don’t know they’re going to be famous, and you’re saying to the book, “Don’t worry about it, you’re going to be famous.” They don’t know. Then there are people who you didn’t even think about.
They’re just chopping wood, they don’t know what’s in store for them. You’ve forgotten about them, but they remember you.
I just got an email from people who I offered to give free tickets to for a show in London. I was going through with it even though it wasn’t what I wanted. Somebody from Little, Brown called me and said, “Do you have a book that we could publish or that we could look at?
And they said, “We saw you at the BBC and that was free, and then you offered us free tickets to London, and then we got your books for free, and so we haven’t paid anything.” I wrote back, “You know, I would not have told me that. ” I thought, “Well, .” So I brought them the book, and then when they said they would take it, I went to the agent and said, “I’m going to go with somebody else for this.” Because I didn’t want to be tied to him, because I didn’t feel anything for him.
It has fewer laugh-out-loud moments, but feels more substantial and rewarding than some of his earlier efforts, especially his underwhelming previous collection of essays, , excerpts from his 1977-2002 diaries, was published last year.)Sure, Sedaris’ wry voice enhances stories about his obsession with a Fitbit fitness-tracking device, fad diets, his short stature (I can relate) and the perks and pitfalls of frequent travel for his lucrative lecture tours.
A recurring setting is the North Carolina beach house, playfully dubbed the Sea Section, that he purchased as a gathering spot for his scattered family, including his actress sister, Amy, and his longtime boyfriend, Hugh, with whom he lives in West Sussex, England.