I'm glad you had the interview with David Sedaris ("Break out the corduroy and denim," April 21-28); my only regret is it wasn't longer. He's undoubtedly the funniest and most honest writer around. I am 79 and I have known characters like he describes, but for the first time in life I realize I should be laughing at those experiences, instead of trying to forget them.
Who hasn't known a father that penny-pinched when it comes to slightest niceties for the family but at the same time blows money on frivolous things he wants? Or a mother so blunt?
It's the fact that Sedaris is willing to tell it like it is about himself and everyone around him, and seeing the humor in it that makes him so popular.
Everyone who realizes that life is mainly a big joke will greatly enjoy his books and CD. I can't recommend him to them highly enough. He has given me hours of laughter (he needs to be read a little bit at a time for the most enjoyment) and allowed me to look at my past in a much more humorous light.