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Funny! David Sedaris at The Village Voice

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Published on Nov 30, 2011

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DAVID SEDARIS: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Se...
Born 26th Dec 1956, Grammy Award-nominated American humorist, writer, comedian, best selling author, and radio contributor. Sedaris has been described as 'the rock star of writers'. He was first publicly recognized in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay "SantaLand Diaries". He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994. His next five subsequent essay collections, Naked (1997), Holidays on Ice (1997), Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000), Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2004), and When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2008), have become New York Times Best Sellers. In 2010, he released another collection of stories Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary.

As of 2008, his books have sold seven million copies. Much of Sedaris' humour is autobiographical and self-deprecating, and often concerns his family life, his middle class upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, Greek heritage, various jobs, education, drug use, and his life in France, and most recently in London and the South Downs.

THE VIDEO 6th Nov. 2008: Reading from his sixth collection of stories, "When You Are Engulfed In Flames", by 7pm the shop was completely packed. People were sitting on the floor, on the steps and watching the reading being broadcast on a screen downstairs. Throughout the following hour, ripples of laughter from a cheerful audience filled the air with thrills and a festive ambiance, slowly turning the event into a moment of bliss.

00:00 to 11:53 :- David reads from a story written for The New Yorker in which he gave his impressions on the last days of the 2008 presidential campaign and vented his anger on the undecided voters. The elections bring back childhood memories of the 1968 Nixon/Humphrey campaign, and in his typically hilarious style, Sedaris tells how his mother asked the young David to cast her vote for her. He then discusses how his books and humour are received in countries around the world.

11:54 onwards :- David highlights his Nabokovian passion for words and details. Sedaris writes for the joy of giving each word its due; resonance, accent, space, tone and colour. Like Nabokov, he plays with foreign words, bending them to his will, weaving their sounds and meaning into a feast for the listener's ears.

THE VILLAGE VOICE BOOKSHOP:
Quoted from: www.villagevoicebookshop.com The Village Voice is an English-language bookshop in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the heart of literary Paris. Since 1982, we have promoted the books we love, those that seem essential to a better understanding of the world we live in, and have hosted readings by some of the most important contemporary authors. [...] Of course, Saint-Germain-des-Prés was also the neighbourhood where the great American writers and artists of the 20th century held their salons; Gertrude Stein, a couple of streets away from Saint-Sulpice, Sylvia Beach, whose bookshop was on rue de l'Odéon, and Natalie Barney, priestess of the most renowned salon of the time, rue Jacob. When Henry Miller revised his novel Tropic of Cancer in the 1930's, he was living in a hotel at 4, rue Princesse. Remember to take a look at our large selection of books on Paris as a cultural magnet for generations of American writers and artists.

The Village Voice Bookshop
6, rue Princesse
75006 - Paris
01 46 33 36 47
voice.village@wanadoo.fr

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