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Catching up with David Sedaris

Posted by Claudie Fisher | 02 December 2013

It's been a year since we last spent the holiday's with David Sedaris and his wonderfully irreverent The Santaland Diaries. We thought we'd take a moment to look back at what this prolific humorist has been up to since our last visit.

First, let's get the big news about his new book out of the way. His latest collection of comic essays, the strangely titled Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, was released in April of 2013 to wide acclaim:

"If you are a David Sedaris fan, any new book from the humorist is cause for celebration. His newest offering, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, is no exception. It's quintessential Sedaris. ... There's always a laugh-out-loud moment just around the corner."
 - Craig Wilson, USA Today

"Sedaris is a remarkably skilled storyteller and savvy essayist. He weaves together vivid images and sensations into a coherent whole that packs a serious emotional punch. ... Yes, David Sedaris is really that good. And, based on this latest collection, he's getting only better."
- Heather Havrilesky, Los Angeles Times

You'll recognize David's voice in this clever promo cartoon that pokes fun at the unusual title:

David Sedaris managed to crack up John Stewart when he paid a visit to
The Daily Show to chat about Count Chocula, beards and his latest book tour:

Now onto a sad note: David's youngest sister passed away in May of 2013.

He wrote a touching account of this tragedy in The New Yorker, where he continues to be a regular contributer.

David wrote two other peices for The New Yorker in the past year. One, Company Man; Guest Room Gambits, tackles the trials of visiting guests (something one can certainly relate to this time of year). The other, Long Way Home; A Journey Made More Difficult, recounts his experience getting burgled with the usual Sedaris humor and poignancy.

David is a regular commentator on radio, including BBC, which broadcasts the series Meet David Sedaris where he reads from his comic essays. The fourth series kicked off this month with the episode The Happy Place; The Shadow of Your Smile, where David examins the ups and downs of getting a colonoscopy (pun intended). You can listen to this episode, and many others, here.

2013 marks the release of the first feature film based on a story by David Sedaris, C.O.G., from his book Naked. Taking the same title, the film was released in January after it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The story is set in Oregon and was filmed on location here in Portland in 2012. Portland Monthly Mag interviewed the director to find out how he managed to get David Sedaris' approval on the adaptation.

Speaking of Portland, it's probably worth mentioning that David paid a visit here in April for
An Evening with David Sedaris at the Schnitzer.

It's been a busy year for Sedaris. And now that the holiday season is in full swing, it's time to celebrate the story that started it all, his Santaland Diaries. It has been over twenty years since David Sedaris first read his story on NPR, and it has since become a holiday tradition. In our home here at the Armory, it continues to draw in audiences and delight them year after year. Much like its creator, this story never ceases to make us laugh. We are thrilled to be visiting it once again, and we hope you will stop by our home and join in on the laughter.

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