Me Talk Pretty One Day

A recent transplant to Paris, humorist David Sedaris, bestselling author of “Naked”, presents a collection of his strongest work yet, including the title story about his hilarious attempt to learn French. A number one national bestseller now in paperback.”It’s a pretty grim world when I can’t even feel superior to a toddler.” Welcome to the curious mind of David Sedaris, where dogs outrank children, guitars have breasts, and French toddlers unmask the inadequacies of the American male. Sedaris inhabits this world as a misanthrope chronicling all things petty and small. In Me Talk Pretty One Day Sedaris is as determined as ever to be nobody’s hero–he never triumphs, he never conquers–and somehow, with each failure, he inadvertently becomes everybody’s favorite underdog. The world’s most eloquent malcontent, Sedaris has turned self-deprecation into a celebrated art form–one that is perhaps best experienced in audio. “Go Carolina,” his account of “the first battle of my war against the letter s” is particularly poignant. Unable to disguise the lisp that has become his trademark, Sedaris highlights (to hilarious extent) the frustration of reading “childish s-laden texts recounting the adventures of seals or settlers named Sassy or Samuel.” Including 23 of the book version’s 28 stories, two live performances complete with involuntary laughter, and an uncannily accurate Billie Holiday impersonation, the audio is more than a companion to the text; it stands alone as a performance piece–only without the sock monkeys. (Running time: 5 hours, 4 cassettes) –Daphne Durham

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3 Comments

  1. Want to laugh–buy it. Don’t want to laugh–don’t I have to admit I was a bit hesitant to read this book. My feeling was that this was just a cheap attempt to capitalize on the success of “Naked”, and to write a book that was essentially exactly the same. I’m happy to report that my fears were unfounded. 

  2. A little sick and slightly twisted, but in a good way… In “Barrel Fever” and “Naked,” David Sedaris let his imagination run wild in fictional stories. “Me Talk Pretty One Day” differs from his previous collections in that he confined these writings to autobiography. Fortunately, his essays based on truth are as hilarious (though perhaps not as wildly farfetched) as those he makes up entirely. Coming from a family that includes a “tanorexic,” the Rooster (the name that DS’s brother calls himself), a…

  3. Satan Speaks Ok. If an author can make you laugh about a drug addicted infant being murdered in a washing machine (check out **Barrel Fever**), he’s either the funniest thing going…or you’re just a sick so and so… 

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