This precious little gem was a birthday present from Attila The Hun in mid 2003, and I've been re-reading it since, fondly leafing it through on rainy nights while snuggled warmly in bed - in short - a 'feel good' book ;)
Now I haven't heard of David Sedaris locally, but I've since found out why he's wildly celebrated in the states, and it's the kind of book I wished I'd be witty enough to write someday ;P I'll include some trivia - in 2001, David Sedaris became the third recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and named by Time magazine as "Humorist of the Year" in 2001.
The rationale behind the title is explained in the beginning of the book, where suffering a lisp, he struggles in his speech therapy lessons, avoided and quite eliminated all words starting with 's' in his daily vocabulary, and continues in the later chapters ranting about his family, vividly describing his brother as (warning: profanity ahead)
This is the grown man who phones his father to say, "Motherfucker, I aint seen pussy in so long, I'd throw stones at it"
Well I'm tempted to share each chapter with you - this book is that well written - but yeah it's basically an autobiographical narration that's hilariously and cleverly sardonic; filled with anecdotes of him growing up, being happily and openly gay, living and working in New York, Paris, his boyfriend Hugh, among others.
SIX: I bought my drugs from a jittery, bug eyed typesetter whose brittle, prematurely white hair was permed in such a way that I couldnt look at her without thinking of a late season dandelion. Seeling me the drugs was no problem, but listening to my increasingly manic thoughts and opinions was far too much for one person to take on a daily basis... Click for more
But I guess I could end my review with one of my favorite Sedaris classic humor, an excerpt from this twelve-series short story in Twelve Moments In The Life Of The Artist, his being an art graduate getting involved with art exhibitions & performances while having a love affair with amphetamines. graceshu # 7:13 PM