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Dabbling, continued

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
By: David Sedaris

In a world where everything can be neatly categorized in one place or another, David Sedaris forms his own little niche. His essays, despite being each a separate story in no straight-forward order or timing, fit nicely into what becomes an ever-growing understanding of his life and personality. So much so, that you find yourself becoming attached, not only to the author, but to the real-life characters he deftly molds into people you feel like you could run into at the grocery store. This attachment creates the somewhat peculiar reaction you have when stumbling upon almost off-handed references to major life changes. The first time you learn that Sedaris’s mother has passed away, for instance, is half-way through the book, merely by a mention of her funeral amidst a completely unrelated story – I actually stopped reading for a few minutes in reverence.

Each essay has a way of starting and ending in the same place. A realization, generalization, or observation made within the first few lines often has a way of summarizing itself in the last line of each chapter. This gives Sedaris’s thoughts the feel of a journal or blog post, In a way that doesn’t make any excuses or apologies. Each turn contains a delve into the many intricacies and inner-workings of the author’s mind. He might feel a bit of remorse for turning his family’s lives into common knowledge, but admits his lack of intention to change outright. Changing, after all, would make it all so obsolete. And obsolete, David Sedaris is not.


July 28, 2008 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

Just a dabble, thanks

Lately I’ve been dabbling (yes, dabbling) in book reviews, mostly just trying to learn how to write them since I’ve always wanted to, and just getting some thoughts out since I’m currently surrounded by books pretty much all the time. I’ve got zero friends on the website I’ve been using, GoodReads, which is fine, but I figured I might as well stick it up here too. I realize the latest Lauren Weisberger (of The Devil Wears Prada notoriety) doesn’t really appeal to all, but don’t move! I just started my first ever delve into David Sedaris, so I’ll be sure to post that one next. Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to…dare I say…pick up a book this summer? Well, I was under the impression that you should.


The Book: Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger
The Consensus: 3 out of 5 stars
The Review:
I’m not sure why this book has been getting such terrible reviews, because I didn’t really see much wrong with it at all. No, it wasn’t Everyone Worth Knowing – which, coincidentally, is a fabulous book and especially great for summer – but I don’t think it necessarily deserved the pretty bad rap it got.

Sure, the characters can, at times, be so frustratingly typical and absurdly blind to their own mistakes that you find yourself wanting to yell out loud, perhaps in an effort to channel them and somehow change their (somewhat predictable) course. [This being particularly true regarding Leigh, a rather crass character who I could never quite relate to and was constantly bothered by.] And yes, if you let the book, as well as the absurdity of the parrot one character, Emmy, inherited from an ex and felt bad getting rid of, despite it’s incessant noise and insulting phrases (any rational, real-life person would sell the damn thing), get you down – well, you probably wouldn’t open yourself up to any type of good conclusion.

Yet, I found myself re-thinking this book a couple days after I read it, and I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. There’s something about Weisberger’s characters that allow me to find a little something I relate to in each one of them, and it’s always nice to know you’re not alone – even if the one you’re relating to isn’t really real. Plus I think it’s great to subscribe to the adage that you can’t change yourself, but you can change your outlook, and this story does that superbly.

Read it with an open mind, chug through it in a day or two, and I think it’s a pretty good read in general.

July 18, 2008 at 7:21 pm Leave a comment

Look at THESE too, yo

Does anyone actually READ this?

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