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
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
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
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.
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:
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)
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)
Ziva David says
I can relate to driving around at SMU looking for parking