Last year I thoroughly enjoyed reading David Sedaris‘s book Me Talk Pretty One Day while traveling in Europe. After finishing an arduous MBA semester I picked up his book Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and used it as a tool to remind myself that reading can be fun when it is not about synergies, paradigms, commodities, incentivizing, instantiating, democratization, or anything written by Michael Porter. While not quite as hilarious as Me Talk Pretty One Day, Denim has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. His exploits as a house cleaner in New York are especially funny.
One of the reasons I created this site is because I’ve always enjoyed writing and I think I can be pretty clever. Then I read a story masterfully crafted by Sedaris and wonder if I can, on my best day, offer a reader a fraction of the enjoyment I receive when reading his work. He is mercilessly transparent, willing to humiliate his parents, siblings and himself with a factual, self-deprecating way of relaying everyday events that often end outrageously.
Sedaris is blessed with a family that provides endless material for his acerbic wit and thus we are blessed with his clever, prolific storytelling.