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David Sedaris

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

David Sedaris on his collection of 22 essays on his favored topics: death, compulsion, unwanted sexual advances and corporal decay. It's called When You Are Engulfed in Flames.

Event: David Sedaris will be reading and signing books
Tuesday, June 2 at 6 pm
The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway, at 12th Street

Guests:

David Sedaris

Comments [14]

Tony from Queens

Pull my finger, darlin'

Jun. 17 2009 04:48 AM
Zak

I got a breast milk story for David Sedaris if he wants it. You can give him my e-mail.

Jun. 03 2009 12:13 AM
Sharon Petronaci from Montclair, NJ

I was delighted to turn on the Leonard Lopate show and hear David Sedaris' distictive voice. I was even more delighted when he spoke about buying a human skeleton for Hugh.

When I finished high school, college wasn't a consideration so I went to work. I was hired by the Clay Adams Division of Becton-Dickinson in Parsippany, NJ to work in their anatomy department. This meant wiring human skeletons together that were then sold to medical schools and/or anyone who wanted to buy them.

I worked with two other women, we didn't know who the bodies were, they were imported from another country. Our skeletons had moving limbs; in fact, I ran nylon threads from their limbs through the ceiling tiles to my desk as, completed, they hung from the hooks we put in their skulls in the back of our production room. The company loved to bring visitors through and I could make the skeletons move from across the room simply by opening my desk drawer.

We had a sort of parts department which consisted of boxes of spare teeth, pelvic bones, fingers and, of course, spare ribs.

One of the best visitor comments I ever heard was a portly gentleman who quietly considered the row of hanging completed articulated skeletons with their ghastly grins and said, "No wonder they're smiling; dead, and they're still making money."

Jun. 02 2009 02:18 PM
chester

I thought it was hilarious, Kamal!

Jun. 02 2009 01:39 PM
Kamal from Jackson Heights, Queens

I hope his books are funnier than his interviews - this is getting grating...

Jun. 02 2009 12:50 PM
Brian

his article about buying condoms for the signings with his brother cracked me up. haha.

Jun. 02 2009 12:43 PM
suzanne from Plainfield

THANKS! David for reading my favorite entry from your newest book. My sister & I say "wellllll kiiiind of" all the time to each other. Love you. Love WYNC.

Jun. 02 2009 12:42 PM
Edward Lewit from Long Island, NY

Just listening to David Sedaris and I had to add my comment about community and phoning in to make a pledge.

Several years ago I had occasion to rent my apartment to a businessman from Switzerland who was living in the US for a year or so. When I called WNYC to make my pledge, the volunteer who took my information suddenly stopped and asked "Are you the person renting his apartment to (name)"? Surprised, I said 'Yes" and she said she worked for him and was one who wrote my rental check each month.

NYC really is a community and I like to talk to the pledge takers. You never know.

Ed Lewit

Jun. 02 2009 12:39 PM
pc from nyc

Dissapointed I missed the beginning of this segment with David. I hope he's on to the top of the hour.

Jun. 02 2009 12:33 PM
wetblanket from Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

Are you still in the habit of giving people little gifts (like hotel shampoos) when they approach you at book signings?

What can people expect to receive tonight at the Strand? :)

Jun. 02 2009 12:25 PM
Joanne Goodman from NYC

David Sedaris was -- unbeknownst to him -- a great comfort to my mother, my sister and me during my mother's final hospitalization. I read NAKED out loud to my mother in the ICU and kept her, and many of the nurses, laughing. We read a little bit every day, and my mother died about 12 hours after we finished the book. (I should have read a little slower.) NAKED gave us a lot of things to connect over during my mother's last week, and I've always wanted to thank David Sedaris for that!

Jun. 02 2009 12:18 PM
Janet from NYC

I quit two years ago and i LOVED smoking...

TRY

easy way to stop smoking

read the book or listen to the cds

Jun. 02 2009 12:12 PM
Janny from jersey city

I'll take the Atlantic subscription! I'm a sustaining member so i never 'get in' on the gifts!

Jun. 02 2009 12:10 PM
Janny from jersey city

When my friend lived in Chicago in the 80s, she was always talking about her neighbors' friend 'David', and how funny he was. Lo and behold, it was Mr. Sedaris. His new book is one of his best, truly LOL funny. My day was made, finding out he was going to be on the show today.

Jun. 02 2009 11:13 AM

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