In my not-so-humble opinion David Sedaris is one of the funniest people alive.
I have read and listened to practically everything he's ever written. The things I haven't I'm saving in case I end up with some kind of terminal depression and need to have my spirits lifted. I may not be able to wait in the case of "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls."
Sedaris has a unique and special talent for turning the common and mundane into the hilarious and spectacular. "Owls" is certainly no exception in this regard. In "Dentists Without Borders," for instance, he shares his experience of socialized dentistry in Paris and the joys of having four teeth extracted and replaced. Sounds fun, right? Yet before I had finished reading the essay I had startled my fellow bus-riders and elicited looks of interest and concern at my barely restrained laughter.
He had me at, "Ils ont mange des souris en brouchette." ("They have eaten some mice on skewers.")
In "I Brake for Traditional Marriage" he sarcastically demonstrates the slippery slope that marriage equality represents, asking, “if homosexuality is no longer a sin, then who's to say that murder is?"
There are another 25 exquisite essays in this collection to enjoy and share. It would be easy to sit down and not get up until I've read them all, but I think I'll pace myself. Some things just shouldn't be rushed.
David Sedaris appeared before a sold-out audience at the Wheeler Opera House last Thanksgiving, thanks to the auspices of the Aspen Writers’ Foundation and I was delighted to be able to attend. It was an incredible chance to experience the person and presence behind some of the funniest, most perceptive writing I've ever encountered. "Let's Explore Owls with Diabetes" is definitely a part of that legacy.