Sedaris was here. Waiting for Gabo and Larry.
My top five literary inspirations are: Scott Fitzgerald, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, David Sedaris, Larry David and J.D. Salinger. Of those that are not dead, David Sedaris is the only one to visit the store personally. He came by a couple weeks ago, and we still have signed copies of all of his hardbacks in print, including the new Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk.
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk finds David Sedaris is in a bit of a tight spot. On the one hand, there are grumblings that his nonfiction memoirs are played out and phoned in. But then when he ventures into something quite different, animal stories, it gets mixed reviews. (A one-star pan on Amazon mentioned something about “not getting my Sedaris fix.”)
The fact is, for someone who was discovered for his terrific and unique ability to perform his own work, Sedaris is a terrific on-the-page stylist. When he finally got serious about his writing, his goal was to produce one publishable page a day. The wisdom and skill, the stylistic ear to truly know what’s publishable and force yourself to make it happen is what sets Sedaris apart. Good writing is good writing, and Squirrel has it.