October 21, 2010

When You Are Engulfed in Flames

Once again, an awesome performance by the wry David Sedaris.  I have no interest in his fiction (sorry, David) but his essays are sublime and this is up there with his best.

This is one of my authors I enjoy primarily on audio.  This is a collection of 22 essays with four of them side-splittingly read to an audience.  Those are killer.

The final multi-part essay is reflections on his quitting smoking.  He and Hugh go to Tokyo for this.  I know, but it makes sense when you read it.  He, like everyone I know, is delighted by the mangled English he finds while there.  The hotel signs include the helpful steps to take "When You Are Engulfed in Flames."

There are many of these funny personal essay writers around, but nobody does it better than the droll David Sedarias.

When You Are Engulfed in Flames