My friend Susan turned me on to writer and humorist David Sedaris a number of years ago, and I've become a big fan of his insightful observations and dry, self-deprecating wit. Sedaris was initially promoted by radio host Ira Glass, who happened to hear him reading from his diary in a Chicago nightclub. After several appearances on Glass's show, Sedaris was invited to appear on NPR's Morning Edition, where he read from his piece "The SantaLand Diaries," which described his (honest-to-God) stint as a department store elf. The holidays are a recurring theme in Sedaris's work, and his 2008 book Holidays on Ice, also available on CD, is a pure holiday treat. Several years ago, Sedaris published an essay in Esquire titled "Six to Eight Black Men," in which he recounts his conversation with a Dutch tour guide about several holiday traditions in the Netherlands.
An audio version of the essay, read by the author, is available HERE. (Depending on your browser, this may take 10-15 seconds to load.)
Tomorrow, a few thoughts on the two remaining tracks from my 2011 holiday CD.