Tuesday, June 15, 2004

I'm taking a week off from shows and going to author readings instead. In addition to Lolly Winston on Saturday, I've got Audrey Niffeneger (The Time Traveller's Wife) tonight, David Foster Wallace on Thursday and David Sedaris on Friday. Sedaris' new collection, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, is less laugh out loud funny than Me Talk Pretty One Day but what it sacrifices in laughter, it more than makes up for in complex emotions. His family is front and center in this one and his relations with them provide moments of both humor and sadness. Many of these pieces have been published previously and I had read several of them before, including the one about his brother's wedding (which the first time I read it had me rolling), the slumber party (ditto), and his visit to his sister Tiffany (more tears than laughter). Like his other books, this one is a very quick read, but has a depth that may surprise you.

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