Me Talk Pretty One Day

Me Talk Pretty One Day
by David Sedaris
Essay. 272 pp.
Back Bay. 2000.

I like personal essays. Especially when they're written by someone who knows how to write.

This book came into my life as a Christmas gift after Dec and I went to see The Santaland Diaries, which I found to be a very enjoyable production. Mostly, I enjoy Sedaris's wit. He also reminds me of New York, even though most of the essays are about his time spent living in France.

Anyway, I don't think there's much to say here except that I like Sedaris. And he's quite quotable. Here's just one more (because it reminds me of my mission in Portugal):

Nothing is more disgusting than a glass of milk, especially French milk, which comes in a box and can sit unrefrigerated for five months, at which point it simply turns into cheese and is moved to a different section of the grocery store. (250)


The Fox said...

I love this book. Everyone with a high tolerance for good writing and gritty style should read it.

eleka nahmen said...

One of my favorite books ever. I just finished Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and wish I had a book of his left that I haven't yet read. I was so disappointed that I was in D.C. when he did a reading in Salt Lake. It was the only time I've ever wished to be IN Utah, rather than OUT OF and FAR, FAR AWAY FROM.

Iguana Sam said...

I know that boxed milk...imo, it's only good for pouring on really tasty cereal (that masks the odious aftertaste). But you can't beat its shelf life.

Desmama said...

We used to use it for hot chocolate in Spain. Kind of weird, but then again, everything tasted different so it was just one item among many. Definitely not the strangest. I got used to it.

FoxyJ said...

I'm probably the only one out there that didn't mind the milk in a box. I sometimes wish we had it here, since that would make things easier.

Katya said...

I need to read this book, as both you and Master Fob have given it good recommendations. I'm only familiar with David Sedaris from the "Santaland Diaries" excerpt that gets played every Christmas on NPR.

Of course, if Eleka likes this book, then I probably won't. (I'm kidding. Sort of.)