David Sedaris Reading & Signing at SMU

It’s no secret that I love David Sedaris’ work. I’ve talked about him here and here and here.

When his tour was announced and Dallas was on the list, the date immediately went into my calendar. 

As I didn’t get home until 2 am, I figured it was worth a blog post…

Here’s a basic timeline of the night:

6 – 7 pm: eating a smore’s cookie at Royal Blue Grocers  – 10/10 would recommend (see the Instagram post here)

7:15 – 7:30 pm: stressed out driving all over SMU trying to find parking

7:45 pm – finally make it into the auditorium, where they were still doing announcements

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my $35 seats

8 – 9:30 pm – Sedaris’ performance

I’m Still Standing

Here are a few notes I wrote down during this reading, just so you get a bit of a glimpse into the story:

  • gastrointestinal issues
  • Apple watches
  • 10 miles a day
  • letters to Hugh (his partner)
  • “stand up” reminders


Active Shooter

This piece was about him and his sister going to a class at a shooting range about gun safety, as well as how it relates to gun control.

And While You’re Up There, Check My Prostate

A collection of stories from when he’s asked people the question, “what do you yell in traffic when someone cuts you off?”

Theft By Finding and Death by Snackery

David has written diary entries for over 20 years now of what he does during the day – both for him to remember and for future reference when writing. He pulled out what he thinks are the funniest things and has put them into a collection of stories.

9:30 pm – 1:00 am – sitting, waiting, reading My Lobotomy: A Memoir by Howard Dully & Charles Fleming

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the mass of people waiting for the signing (I was second to last…)

1:00 am – meeting David, talking about Ru Paul’s Drag Race & proportion of clothes, lobotomies (“I’d have half a mind to read that book…”), sports hospitality and more.  

Book Recommendations:

David likes to recommend another author’s work during his performances to share the love and has them for sale at the shows. 

Homesick For Another World: Stories – Otessa Moshfegh

Eileen: A Novel – Otessa Moshfegh

Other Material from Sedaris:

Calypso (2018)

Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) (2017)

Me Talk Pretty One Day (2001)

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls (2014)

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2005)

Naked (1998)

When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2009)

Holidays on Ice (2010)

David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium (2017)

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (2011)

David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure (2009)

Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules (2005)

Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays (1995)

1 Comment

  1. Ziva David
    May 5, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    I can relate to driving around at SMU looking for parking

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