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David Sedaris

Jon interviews David Sedaris one of my favorite authors. His latest is When You Are Engulfed in Flames

Smoking and non-smoking by David Sedaris

Reflections: Letting Go: Smoking and non-smoking by David Sedaris

When I was in fourth grade, my class took a field trip to the American Tobacco plant in nearby Durham, North Carolina. There we witnessed the making of cigarettes and were given free packs to take home to our parents. I tell people this and they ask me how old I am, thinking, I guess, that I went to the world’s first elementary school, one where we wrote on cave walls and hunted our lunch with clubs. Then I mention the smoking lounge at my high school. It was outdoors, but, still, you’d never find anything like that now, not even if the school was in a prison.

I recall seeing ashtrays in movie theatres and grocery stores, but they didn’t make me want to smoke. In fact, it was just the opposite. Once, I drove an embroidery needle into my mother’s carton of Winstons, over and over, as if it were a voodoo doll. She then beat me for twenty seconds, at which point she ran out of breath and stood there panting, “That’s . . . not . . . funny.”


Links With Your Coffee - Tuesday

  • Bush to Review Excessive Sentence Claims Of All Other Felons
    In light of his commutation of what he called the excessive sentence" of I. Lewis Libby today, President Bush has agreed to review all sentences in the United States because "that would only be fair."

    "Judges and panels of judges routinely review excessive sentence claims throughout the land," said Bush, " but the Libby case has made me see that our exhaustive system of appellate review is flawed."
  • This Old House by David Sedaris
    “You think those prewar years were cozy?” my father once asked. “Try getting up at 5 A.M. to sell newspapers on the snow-covered streets. That’s what I did and it stunk to high heaven.”

    “Well,” I told him, “I’m just sorry that you weren’t able to appreciate it.” Like anyone nostalgic for a time he didn’t live through, I chose to weed out the little inconveniences: polio, say, or the thought of eating stewed squirrel. The world was simply grander back then, somehow more civilized, and nicer to look at. Wasn’t it crushing to live in a house no older than our cat?

    “No,” my father said. “Not at all.”
  • George W. Bush is One Tough Hombre
    Tough enough to execute Karla Fay Tucker -- and then laugh about it. Tough enough to sign a death warrant for a man whose lawyer slept through the trial -- and then snicker when asked about it in a debate. Even tough enough to execute a great-grandmother who murdered her husband -- after he abused her. A friend of mine at the time asked Bush to commute her sentence, telling him, "Betty Lou ain't a threat to no one she ain't married to." No dice.

    Mr. Bush is tough enough to invade a country that was no risk to America, causing tens of thousands of civilian deaths and shedding precious American blood in the process. Tough enough to sanction torture. Tough enough to order an American citizen arrested and held without trial.

    But if you're rich and right-wing and Republican, George is a real softie. As George W. Bush demonstrated in giving Scooter Libby a Get Out of Jail Free Card, he is only compassionate to conservatives.

    What does it say about America in the age of Bush when Judith Miller spends more time in jail over the Valerie Plame smear than Scooter Libby?


    Has a remote Amazonian tribe upended our understanding of language?

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David Sedaris on David Letterman

David Sedaris on the David Letterman Show reading his essay on the Stadium Pal. Is this a must have product for those attending the Superbowl? Here is the link to another Sedaris appearance on the show.

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Oh Stephen you're Z best

"They've tried to smear me, other veterans, Democrats, you and anybody who stands up to them. Well, let me say one thing right now: screw them. Those gravestones at Arlington cemetery don't say Democrat or Republican on them." --John Murtha

Seduced by Snacks? No, Not You (tip to Kes)
The book Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think

Mark Fiore's latest on Instant Messaging (flash video)

The War of the Words The Story of the 101st Fighting Keyboarders

A good idea

Is that true, David Sedaris?

The Buck Stops. . . On Clinton? more Madkane madness.

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Men standing around broken machines

Somewhere during the sensitive age that ensued I learned that it is okay to cry and, being a boolean kid, I concluded that those who do not cry are not okay. I cultivated sensitivity like an orchid. As I nursed my anguish I thought I was working things out brilliantly, but in many cases I was not resolving anything but rather pointing at my burdens and expecting to be admired for the act of pointing. I wrote a great deal: tens of thousands of words.

In The Waiting Room by David Sedaris

The advantages of speaking French

Six months after moving to Paris, I gave up on French school and decided to take the easy way out. All I ever said was “Could you repeat that?” And for what? I rarely understood things the second time around, and when I did it was usuall something banal, the speaker wondering how I felt about toast, or telling me that the store would close in twenty minutes All that work for something that didn’t really matter, and so I began saying, D’accord,” which translates to “I am in agreement,” and means, basically, “O.K.” The word was a key to a magic door, and every time I said it I felt the thrill of possibility.

“D’accord,” I told the concierge, and the next thing I knew I was sewing the eye onto a stuffed animal belonging to her granddaughter. “D’accord,” I said to the dentist, and she sent me to a periodontist, who took some X-rays and called me into his conference room for a little talk. “D’accord,” I said, and a week later I returned to his office, where he sliced my gums from top to bottom and scraped great deposits of plaque from the roots of my teeth. If I’d had any idea that this was going to happen, I’d never have said d’accord to my French publisher, who’d scheduled me the following evening for a television appearance. It was a weekly cultural program, and very popular. I followed the pop star Robbie Williams, and, as the producer settled me into my chair, I ran my tongue over my stitches. It was like having a mouthful of spiders—spooky, but it gave me something to talk about on TV, and for that I was grateful.

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A Christmas Originalist

Stephen Colbert's History of Christmas. "Take the Christmas tree for example, a tradition so deeply Christian it predates Christ."

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David Sedaris provides more details on the origins of Christmas in his story Six to Eight Black Men taken from his book Dress Your Family in in Corduroy and Denim

related: Bah Humbug

Links With Your Coffee - Friday

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Godless States
This is an excellent article and well worth the read. It is rather long, but I think you'll find it worth the effort.
Dilemmas of secularism in India and America. Parallels between the Christian right in the US and Hindu nationalists in India show how crucial it is to defend the Enlightenment idea of the secular state. While it is important to give faith its due, faith too must give reason its due. The postmodern deconstruction of science has, ironically, been very hospitable to reactionary religiosity.
As long as divine revelations or spiritual laws continue to be invoked as the basis for morality in the private sphere, it is unreasonable to expect a diminution of God-talk from the public sphere. In other words, the care and maintenance of secular states requires secularisation of culture. Without deep enough roots in secular civic cultures, secular states will remain at a risk of being hijacked by traditionalist and nationalist forces.
David Sedaris on poop from This American Life

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An Atheist Manifesto

Dawkins Interview at Beliefnet

America's Most Literate Cities go Leftbanker are there other onegodmove readers who reside in Seattle.

David Sedaris on Letterman

I'm certainly a fan of David Sedaris he is an excellent writer and is great reading his own material. He appeared on David Letterman last night. Here is the video of his appearance, and links to the books mentioned on the show.

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules

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Here is a link to another Sedaris appearance on Letterman

Another List

Everybody seems to be doing it from Oprah to Richard and Judy and now the BBC Page Turners The more the better, and quite an interesting list. Did I mention I love lists.

So prized is a slot on the BBC's new television arts show that its planners feel obliged to reassure publishers that somebody has read all the books submitted - and filled in a piece of paper to prove it.

The show is Page Turners, an attempt by the BBC to steal the mantle of Richard and Judy, the current patron saints of the book trade.

Announcing a shortlist of 24 titles for its rival forthcoming daytime show from a 300-strong publishers' list of hopefuls, BBC1 added yesterday: "Each of the books was reviewed by a member of staff from the BBC or Princess Productions, who completed a review form for every book read."

The shortlist in full

About Grace by Anthony Doerr
Becoming Strangers by Louise Dean
Chronicles Volume One by Bob Dylan
Fleshmarket Close by Ian Rankin
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
Fools Rush In In by Bill Carter
How To Breathe Under Water by Julie Orringer
Not the End of the World by Geraldine McCaughrean
How To Be a Bad Birdwatcher by Simon Barnes
Feast: Food That Celebrates Life by Nigella Lawson
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Inside Hitler's Bunker by Joachim Fest
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Understudy by David Nicholls
The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
Light on Snow by Anita Shreve
Let Me Go by Helga Schneider
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Last Crossing by Guy Vanderhaeghe
Leonardo da Vinci: The Flights of the Mind by Charles Nicholl
Kafka On the Shore by Haruki Murakami
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen

Links With Your Coffee - Sunday

The Hookie Awards David Brooks has written little worth reading for months. He has repented. Don't get too excited. He still hasn't written anything of note, but he has pointed us in the right direction.

Further Detainee Abuse Alleged More on torture Bush style bring on the impeachment. These criminals, Dub and company, need a day of reckoning. They are not above the law, justice demands they have their day in court.

Birth of Christ reminds US soldiers of their mission in Iraq What's wrong with this picture?

US soldiers in Iraq celebrated the birth of Jesus while eating Christmas dinner in full body armour, with many explaining how the nativity story continues to motivate their mission in the war-torn country. [snip] "The shepherds out there were much like we are, doing their job to make sure their flock is safe ... spreading the good news of Jesus," says Chaplain Tim Maracle.

NPR censors David Sedaris reading from his Santaland Diaries

The program has been airing for 12 years. This year is a first, the elf named Snowball is cut, reference to homosexuality no longer politically correct. A reaction to the right-wing "family values" crowd. Whatever, free speech takes another body blow.

James Wolcott writes about Three Wise Men on what "Support Our Troops" really means, and it's not just an empty patriotic slogan.

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Old Faithful
David Sedaris in the New Yorker. Definitely worth your time.

For the first few days I kept my discomfort to myself, thinking all the while of what a good example I was setting. When Hugh feels bad, you hear about it immediately. A tiny splinter works itself into his palm and he claims to know exactly how Jesus must have felt on the Cross. He demands sympathy for insect bites and paper cuts, while I have to lose at least a quart of blood before I get so much as a pat on the hand.

One time in France we were lucky enough to catch an identical stomach virus. It was a twenty-four-hour bug, the kind that completely empties you out and takes away your will to live. You�d get a glass of water, but that would involve standing, and so instead you just sort of stare toward the kitchen, hoping that maybe one of the pipes will burst, and the water will come to you. We had the exact same symptoms, yet he insisted that his virus was much more powerful than mine. I suspected the same thing, so there we were, competing over who was the sickest.

�You can at least move your hands,� he said.

�No,� I told him, �it was the wind that moved them. I have no muscle control whatsoever.�


�Well, that�s a nice thing to say to someone who�ll probably die during the night. Thanks a lot, pal.�

At such times you have to wonder how things got to this point. You meet someone and fall in love, then thirteen years later you�re lying on the floor in a foreign country, promising, hoping, as a matter of principle, that you�ll be dead by sunrise. �I�ll show you,� I moaned, and then I must have fallen back to sleep.

David Sedaris On Letterman

David Sedaris is a funny man. I enjoy his stories. I read "Me Talk Pretty One Day" some time ago. Recently Apples Music Store had a sale on audio books and I purchased a copy of his "Live At Carnegie Hall" and was reminded that his stories are even better when read out loud. Last night David Sedaris was a guest on the Dave Letterman show, they bantered for a bit Mr. Letterman providing the setups for David Sedaris' humorous anecdotes. The best part however was when he read from his latest book "Don't Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim" a book I recently finished reading and recommend. Here is the Letterman interview a 9 minute 2.1MB mp3 and here is a clip 1 minute and 31 seconds 356K from the Carnegie Hall recording. There are two additional audio excerpts from "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim" at NPR