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Sedaris

2007
Author:

Kevin Kopelson

Sedaris

An engaging and essential introduction to the work of America’s preeminent satirist, David Sedaris

Kevin Kopelson engages with the most uncomfortable, and often most humorous aspects of Sedaris’s writing to reveal what makes Sedaris such an effective and affecting satirist. Written for everyone who loves David Sedaris and has wondered why they find him so relevant to their own lives, Sedaris succeeds in taking seriously this sublimely caustic, riotously funny, and ultimately important writer.

When you’re laughing aloud at David Sedaris’s every sentence, it’s easy to miss the more serious side of what he’s up to. Fortunately, Kevin Kopelson has come along to guide readers through the work of the best and most subversive social satirist in America.

Stephen McCauley, author of The Object of My Affection

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David Sedaris is nothing less than a literary phenomenon. His readings and live performances sell out within hours, while his books—Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim—have each been bestsellers. The sardonic wit displayed in his “SantaLand Diaries” has since made him America’s preeminent satirist-brutally honest, often painfully sad, and, above all, truly hilarious.

In Sedaris, Kevin Kopelson engages with the most difficult, uncomfortable, and often most humorous aspects of Sedaris’s writing—shame and public humiliation, dysfunctional families and destructive relationships, misanthropy and self-loathing—to reveal what makes Sedaris such an effective and affecting satirist and to show why so many readers and listeners identify with him. For Kopelson, the key to understanding Sedaris lies in recognizing the importance of relationships to his comedy. Drawing extensively on both his nonfiction essays and short stories, Kopelson maps out Sedaris’s relationships in more or less chronological order-grandparents, parents, siblings, teachers, friends, coworkers, strangers, children, and lovers-and identifies the misunderstandings, betrayals, and cruelties that we all experience but which in Sedaris’s voice are brilliantly and grotesquely magnified.

Written for everyone who loves David Sedaris and has wondered why they find him so relevant to their own lives, Sedaris succeeds in taking seriously this sublimely caustic, riotously funny, and ultimately important writer. And for anyone unfamiliar with Sedaris, this book is the perfect introduction.

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Kevin Kopelson is professor of English at the University of Iowa and author of Neatness Counts: Essays on the Writer’s Desk (Minnesota, 2004). His other books include Love’s Litany, Beethoven’s Kiss, and The Queer Afterlife of Vaslav Nijinsky.

Sedaris

When you’re laughing aloud at David Sedaris’s every sentence, it’s easy to miss the more serious side of what he’s up to. Fortunately, Kevin Kopelson has come along to guide readers through the work of the best and most subversive social satirist in America.

Stephen McCauley, author of The Object of My Affection

Charting a course from Marcel Proust to Tony Danza, Kevin artfully captures the exquisite pleasure and pain of reading David Sedaris. A witty, thoughtful, intimate encounter.

David Hyde Pierce

If I were to read a book on David Sedaris it might be this one.

Paul Reubens

May help fans to read Sedaris’ work all over again with a fresh perspective.

Des Moines Register

An interesting exploration of the work of satirist David Sedaris.

Cedar Rapids Gazette

Reading Kopelson’s Sedaris is a little like sitting around with a bunch of friends reminiscing about the old days. Even a passing acquaintance with Sedaris will allow one to appreciate Kopelson’s unique brand of criticism and his keen insights into the satirist’s characters, themes and language. Even those who have never heard of Sedaris will find Kopelson’s engaging approach enjoyable—and his book worth the read. His enthusiastic descriptions of the comic’s material may very likely send readers off in search of the real thing.

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Contents

David
Aunt Monie
Lou
Sharon
Henry
Paul
Mrs. Colgate
Alisha
Martin I
Martin II
Uncle Money
Hugh
[Your Name Here]
Literary Interpolations
André
Eve
Works by David Sedaris

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