David Sedaris
David Sedaris has contributed to The New Yorker since 1995. He is the author of “Barrel Fever” (1994) and “Holidays on Ice” (1997), as well as numerous collections of personal essays: “Naked” (1997), “Me Talk Pretty One Day” (2000), “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim” (2004), “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” (2008), “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” (2013), “Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)” (2017), and “Calypso” (2018). In 2005, he edited an anthology of stories, “Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules.” Sedaris and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name The Talent Family and have written several plays, including “Stump the Host”; “Stitches”; “One Woman Shoe,” which received an Obie Award; “Incident at Cobbler’s Knob”; and “The Book of Liz,” which was published in book form by the Dramatists Play Service.
Sedaris made his comic début on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” in 1992, reading “SantaLand Diaries.” His original radio pieces can be heard on the show “This American Life” and on BBC Radio 4’s “Meet David Sedaris.” In 2001, he was named Humorist of the Year by Time. In 2005, he was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album (“Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim”) and Best Comedy Album (“David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall”). He has received the Thurber Prize for American Humor and has been nominated for five Grammy Awards in the Best Spoken Word Album and Best Comedy Album categories. In 2019, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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Personal History
What if You’d Known We Were All So Crazy?
A diary of 2016—the year of Trump, Brexit, and Carol the fox.
By David SedarisSeptember 30, 2021
Personal History
A Better Place
Why the euphemisms? My father did not “pass.” Neither did he “depart.” He died.
By David SedarisAugust 30, 2021
Personal HistoryAugust 9, 2021 Issue
“Who are you?” I want to ask the gentle gnome in front of me. “And what have you done with Lou Sedaris?”
By David SedarisAugust 2, 2021
Personal HistoryMay 17, 2021 Issue
After thirty years together, sleeping is the new having sex.
By David SedarisMay 10, 2021
Culture Desk
My Failed Attempts to Hoard Anything at All
It helps to look at which shelves are bare. That teaches you, I suppose, what you should be hoarding.
By David SedarisMarch 24, 2020
Personal HistoryMarch 2, 2020 Issue
On wills, words, and wearing my father’s shirt.
By David SedarisFebruary 24, 2020
Personal HistoryDecember 2, 2019 Issue
Hurricane Season
On storms, repairs, and family.
By David SedarisNovember 25, 2019
Personal HistoryJanuary 7, 2019 Issue
Personal History by David Sedaris: Father Time
I can’t predict what’s waiting for us, lurking on the other side of our late middle age, but I know it can’t be good.
By David SedarisDecember 31, 2018
Personal HistoryJuly 9 & 16, 2018 Issue
Active Shooter
A trip to the firing range in a time of gun violence.
By David SedarisJuly 2, 2018
Personal HistoryJune 19, 2017 Issue
David Sedaris: Why Aren’t You Laughing?
There was my sunny, likable mother, and there was the dark one who’d call late at night. Should we have intervened when her drinking got out of hand?
By David SedarisJune 12, 2017
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