Friday Fun

Friday Fun: David Sedaris and When You Are Engulfed In Flames

My introduction to David Sedaris was wonderful.

Chris Comrie was reading a book and laughed out loud at what he read. That doesn’t happen often. When he caught my look he gestured with the book as explanation. “Sedaris” he said.

Briefly I wondered just what the hell a sedaris was. I thought it sounded like a Greek curse, like “he put a sedaris out on him”. Either that or it was from the future, like something Doctor Who would ride in.

If you don’t know him, David Sedaris is an accomplished writer of personal essays who became widely known in the 90s for his reading those humorous essays on National Public Radio and This American Life.

Whether he’s writing about tapeworms, ‘stadium pals’ or slaves at Christmas, the writing is always good. I found a copy of his live reading at Carnegie Hall, which is great – and one of the best ‘readings’ I’ve ever heard.

Oh and did I mentioned he was funny as hell?

Below you’ll see a clip of him reading When You Are Engulfed in Flames on Letterman – a little fun for your Friday and to enjoy on your weekend.


When You Are Engulfed In Flames is widely available from online booksellers, as is the CD of him reading at Carnegie Hall.



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