Sedaris 101

| | Comments (0) | TrackBacks (0)

You gotta love a book that includes a blurb by Paul Reubens (that's Pee Wee Herman to all you "Playhouse" fans): "If I were to read a book on David Sedaris it might be this one."

I couldn't have said it better myself. Sedaris (University of Minnesota Press, 249 pages, $17.95) by Kevin Kopelson is a curious little reader. Kopelson, a professor of English at the University of Iowa, turns his subject — David Sedaris, essayist, satirist, NPR contributor, best-selling author — inside out...

Sedaris

He takes a term-paper approach to Sedaris' work thus far and looks for the seriousness behind the satire that ultimately resonates with readers.

Rabid, stalker-like Sedaris fans might eat this up, but those who enjoy Sedaris for Sedaris' sake might want to leave it be. The more I read the more I found myself wanting to put it down and pick up my copy of Sedaris' Me Talk Pretty One Day that I left, half-read, on my bookshelf a half-dozen years ago.

You gotta hand it to Kopelson, though. He got not one, but two celebrities to blurb his book. The other is from David Hyde Pierce ("Frasier"): "Charting a course from Marcel Proust to Tony Danza, Kevin artfully captures the exquisite pleasure and pain of reading David Sedaris. A witty, thoughtful, intimate encounter."

0 TrackBacks

Listed below are links to blogs that reference this entry: Sedaris 101.

TrackBack URL for this entry: http://blogs.suntimes.com/cgi-bin/mt-tb.cgi/4231

Leave a comment


Type the characters you see in the picture above.

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Teresa Budasi published on October 3, 2007 6:50 AM.

Life after death was the previous entry in this blog.

School Daze is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.