David Sedaris

“People often imagine that any kind of writing is cathartic. There’s something about discovering something in writing. Where do you finish it? Where does the essay begin, and where does it end? Every now and then, you write something that surprises you.

-David Sedaris, episode 278 of Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso

This week we’re joined by beloved author David Sedaris! We begin with the timely opening essay from his latest collection, Happy-Go-Lucky (4:05). Then, David describes growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina (10:07), his mother’s “Group Therapy” sessions at the dinner table (11:03), the night his father heckled him during a live performance (16:02), and what he learned about writing at the Art Institute of Chicago (26:55).

On the back-half, David reads a tribute to his mother from Calypso (32:55). We also unpack the way his work has evolved (35:09), the transformation that occurred in his father’s final days (39:20), and why, after forty years, he continues to keep his daily diary (46:45).

Illustrations by: Krishna Shenoi.

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