<!--EZCODE FONT START--><span style="font-family:times new roman;font-size:xx-small;">Sorry, its me, the long winded one.
I had read “Barrel Fever”, “Naked’, “Holidays on Ice”, & “Me Talk Pretty One DAY” and a few of his articles in Esquire a while back, but wasn’t aware he did his own audio versions of same. Thanks for the enlightenment.
I simply could not always determine which adventures were real & which ones were his imagination or a combination of both.
Well, I just finished listened to the 14-cd/14 hr. collection (very early Santa arrival) of most of his work…and let me say I have enjoyed every minute of it. I “lol” as I read the books, but it was so much more fun hearing Sedaris, Amy S. and Ann Magnuson…which I listened to-and-from Christmas shopping, while wrapping gifts, and decorating for the impending holiday. He will take the stress right out of you.
There is no way to pick just one favorite story. But, a bunch really stuck in my mind. I can’t go to Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh, NC w/o thinking of his story about “Dinah, The Christmas HO HO HO” when he and his sister were forced to earn their own money at K&W & Piccadilly cafeteria (at that time) and Amy beat the ho’s boyfriend up and took her home to their parents.
Gotta love the “Santaland Diaries” when he worked as an elf & had to read the ELFIN guide” & “Season’s Greetings to Our Friends & Family” & “Christmas Means Giving”.
“You Can’t Kill the Rooster”, olwiggum mentioned, is a riot. I have always had a “comfort-food” or “shit-happens” basket in my house, but Sedaris’ rendition of it as the “fuck-it bucket” with jawbreakers and bit-size candy had me in tears.
His take on his vacation in the nudist trailer park is also a non-stop laugh; plus I love the story where Amy helps him pick out clothes from the ladies’ dept. because he has no ass & he ends up standing at the urinal beside other men with slacks that zip up the back, shirts that have darts that are not filled, jackets that button on the wrong side or with labels that say SassySport.
I also got a kick out of his story where this guy tells a store clerk he has some dreams that he us to write about in his/store clerk “interpretive dream class” and lies about having a naked dream about this store clerk in order to get the naïve clerk to strip down & put the phone receiver in his tightie-whities and jump up and down so he can see if he gets any additional vibes about what the dream could possibly mean…all the while he is just lusting after the young store clerk. Finally, I couldn’t stop laughing at his adventures in the isolated northwest apple country that reminds one of “Deliverance” and his purchase of the urine/Stadium Pal/freedom leg bag was a hoot.</span><!--EZCODE FONT END--> <p>"There is a sense of well-being that comes from having a clear sense of life's meaning and a wholesome rhythm of labor, relaxation, and worship." text (Hutterites, Montana, 1987-1996) by Laura Wilson in "The Enclosed World"; APERTURE, Summer 1996 </p>