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Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls

by Daniel Scheffler
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Tuesday Apr 23, 2013
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It’s no surprise that the almost infallible writer David Sedaris would yet again with his latest, ""Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls," try less and be funnier than ever. Of course, that makes perfect sense, in the Sedaris universe that is a universe where stuffed owls are illegal in some countries and where sometimes no one is turning up for your much prized book signings.

Most revered for his work, "Me Talk Pretty One Day" of 2001 and "Naked" of 1998, Sedaris manages to straddle the proverbial beast within him and tame it so gently and so melodically that his latest work feels less like writing and more like the composition of a musical oeuvre. It tingles with much love, and he seems to have found so much love within him that the extravasation is, well let’s say Wagner meets Lady Gaga; littered and ushered by leitmotifs, profoundly human, and oh, so inclusively laden with mirth.

This is evident in stories ranging from "Cold Case," published as "Long Way Home" in the New Yorker earlier this year, where it questions the journey a thief would take after stealing from an unsuspecting and even surprised innocent civilian, to "Just a Quick Email" where Sedaris creates a fictional email mocking the eternal terrible gifts that people determinedly lay on as an unknowing vex.

Of course, Sedaris has the typical laugh out loud moments, the hyper real hysterical "only David Sedaris moments" and the awfully uncomfortable totally cringe-worthy moments. But all in all, what makes the collection of essays so remarkable is his infusion of himself. Sedaris explores and exposes it all - his obsessiveness, his drama, his family’s deepest secrets, his delight, his gayness and everything between and beyond. For instance in "Now Hiring Friendly People" Sedaris manages to acknowledge his irritability with the mundane and derides the middle America as we imagine it to be, with eye rolls and attempted collaborative eye rolls. With only a small ounce of conceit, he laughs not only at the "idiots" around him, but also at himself and his own delusions and consummations.

With only an ounce, a small ounce, of conceit he laughs not only at the "idiots" around him but also at himself and his own delusions and consummations

Sedaris, a London resident now, looks at America, France, UK and the world with unused eyes, he sees what the world sees but cannot say, and he says the most inappropriate thing everybody is dying to say; in print.

"Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls"

David Sedaris

Little, Brown and Company $15.88

by David Sedaris

Based between New York and Cape Town, Daniel Scheffler writes about socio political and travel matters and is working on a memoir. Follow him on Twitter @danielscheffler.

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