Well, no one else has commented yet; I'll be the first. I love Sedaris, and I'm sure that actually seeing him in person makes his essays all that much more amazing. While he is hilarious, I find that he's even more appealing to me because of the cultural commentary he provides rather than just the humor. Jealous of you, at any rate.
You're right about saying that hearing him tell the stories in person added to his work. Knowing the stories are real-life encounters heightens that I think. I agree about the cultural relevance. He read a piece he had written for the New Yorker that revolved around the Presidential Race which was quite timely. He said it was going to run sometime soon.
"The Squirrel and the Chipmunk" is very beautiful. I've never read Sedaris, but I've been told of some of his stuff before, and I've only ever heard him described as funny. Thanks for sharing that one too. It's cool to know someone so funny can be really deep and meaningful too.
i work for colorado public radio and recently got to meet him briefly at an event we were cosponsors for...he is terribly nice in person and lured me in with gifts of chocolate and delightful stories, not unlike the witch from hansel and gretel...
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