I remember how excited I was. The buzz of walking into the massive Fox Theatre in Detroit. As we were scanning our tickets, we asked the woman if Mr. Sedaris did book signing before or after the show. She said, “Before,” and then, “Well there he is right now." And there he was! Kilt-wearing and spectacled, he made his way over to the table. We were lucky enough to get the second spot in line. He asked for our names and drew a little owl in my book. I love owls.
“How old are you?”
“Ah,” he said. “Then you're going to need one of these.” He reached into his bag and whipped out a tampon. It was a European one, so it was a small and foreign little compact bullet. He gave that to me along with a chocolate coin and a mini bottle of conditioner from his hotel room. The entire book-talk I clutched the items, which I now keep in the right-hand drawer of my desk. I can proudly boast about my “David Sedaris Tampon, touched by the fingertips of Mr. David Sedaris himself.” Much of Sedaris's writing has this similar whimsical, incidental charm.
Sedaris' books explore childhood memories with humorous hindsight, various characters he’s come across, and the small but amazing aspects of life. His books follow no particular structure or consistency; each chapter is just a small segment of life told with humor and wit. My favorite book of his and the one I got signed, “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls,” has absolutely nothing to do with diabetes or owls. I don’t even think the words are even written once.
Instead, the subject of Sedaris’ writings is oddities and eccentricities that cross his path. Sedaris has the capacity to turn anything into an analysis of the absurdity, strangeness and wondrousness of the world. It was Sedaris’ mentality of finding the humor and absurdity in the everyday that got me into journaling. Sedaris takes the reader back to what Norwegian philosophy writer Jostein Gaarder called “The Faculty of Wonder:" Constant awe and appreciation of the amazingness at even the smallest pieces of the world, and I think this is something we need more of right now.
Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls Available on Kindle, Free Kindle App and Audible Here
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim Available on Kindle, Free Kindle App and Audible Here