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Hip radio comedy fans and theater folks who belong to the cult of Obie-winning playwright/performer David Sedaris must kill to get this book. These would be fans of the scaldingly snide Sedaris's hilariously described personal misadventures like The Santaland Diaries (a monologue about his work as an elf to a department store Santa) seen off-Bro
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Published April 28th 1997 by Hachette Audio (first published March 1997)
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Amber Martin It was relatable, I think that's why I enjoyed it so much. We all have family like this and moments like this even if we don't share them with the…moreIt was relatable, I think that's why I enjoyed it so much. We all have family like this and moments like this even if we don't share them with the world. (less)
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On the inside of this book, David Sedaris signed it and wrote, "Joe, I am so happy you're alive."

He then proceeded to write in my girlfriend at the time's book, "You can do better."

About a third of the way through David Sedaris's book, I wondered how I had not heard of this guy before. This guy was funny. No, not just funny, he was really funny. He didn't just make me laugh while reading his book, he made me cry I was laughing so hard. So why, why had I not heard of someone so side-splittingly funny? A couple chapters later, I understood why. A few more chapters after that and Naked went into a dive bomb. While there were some redeeming moments near the end, he never fully ...more
Jason Koivu
Naked David arrived first, but it was Holiday David who made the NPR splash. Those of us in the front row received the full facial and were covered David the Elf's funk. I've still got Sedaris stank all over me and I'm loving it!

While Holiday took a step back from unadulterated intimacy, Naked (and Barrel Fever) begins the unveiling of David Sedaris' inner, most personal life. It has all the markings of an early work, feeling like a skeletal version of Me Talk Pretty... or Dress Your Family...,
Mar 10, 2015 FeReSHte rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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!!!! تموم شد؟ باور کنم؟ چه قدر طول کشید.. خدایا شکرت

این کتاب سداریس رو هم دوست داشتم. طی خوندنش همیشه یه لبخندی روی لب هام بود بعضی جاهاش هم که لبخندهای ملیح تبدیل به قهقهه می شدند. کتاب شامل 17 داستان از خاطرات نویسنده است که به زبان طنز مطرح شده و کاملن منطبق بر لایف استایل امریکاییه

تعداد زیادی از داستان ها به شغل هایی می پردازه که دیوید قبلن تجربه کرده.شغل هایی که مبهوتتون میکنه:کارگر چیدن سیب از درخت ، کارگر کارخانه ی بسته بندی سیب ، داوطلب کمک تو بیمارستان روانی ، نیروی کمکی خوابگاه دانشجوی
I'm being told that this is funny... but so far all I want to do is gather David Sedaris into my arms and rock him back and forth and tell him everything is okay.

Okay, finished. Is it really supposed to be funny? I found myself pretty saddened by most of the stories. He's got a great writing style and I definitely felt pulled into each of the stories, but I think I felt more empathetic than anything.

Especially in "C.O.G":

I didn't want to quit my job. Quitting involved a certain degree of respo
Let's start off with the cover. Magnificence. In hardback the shorts are adjustable, and if you pull them up over the title you will see an x-ray of legs. I assume, since Mr. Sedaris is so willing to sacrifice himself at the altar of humor, that those thin white bones are his own. Genius.

Visiting a nudist trailer park in the name of research, really, the man is so selfless. Licking light switches, wiping his face on towels soiled with excrement...and it doesn't stop there. Why this is funny I ca
Maybe part of my problem with the book is that I first read the back cover, which told me two things that I didn't find to be true:

1. This book is side-splittingly hilarious
2. It turns the "mania for memoir on its proverbial ear."

Sure, maybe it's not fair to judge the book based on my preconceptions, but there's some merit to this I think.

First, my sides are completely unsplit. I laughed a few times, found some things whimsical, and did find a few lines to be very funny. But a lot of the jokes f
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اين دومين کتابيه که از سداريس با ترجمه پيمان خاکسار ميخونم و برعکس يکي دو نفر از دوستان به نظرم ترجمه خوبي هم داره ،البته هنوز ترحمه هاي ديگه اي نديدم ولي بايد گفت اين کتاب و همچنبن کتاب قبلي رو نبايد با رمان يا مجموعه داستان کوتاه يکي دونست ،به نظر مياد اينها شبه خاطراتي هستند که ممکنه در زندگي همه ماها پيش بياد ولي هنر واقعي اينه که بتونيم همين اتفاقات به ظاهر ساده را با زباني شيرين خوندني کنيم و سداريس تو اين زمينه واقعا به نظرم استاده،از اون کتابهايي ست که موقع خوندنش چندين بار با صداي بلند ...more
I can't get enough of this guy; his books are what I would imagine crack would be like, had I ever tried crack. Which I haven't.
Seriously -- I just sit and read and laugh, read and laugh. He's just so damned candid about things. For example, the story of how he was sent to Greece for Greek-American summer camp as a teenager:

"If my sister was anxious about our trip, she certainly didn't show it. Prying my fingers off her wrist, she crossed the room and introduced herself to a girl who stood picki
Farnoosh Farahbakht
داستان ها اونقدر صادقانه نوشته شده که وقتی کتاب رو می خونید کاملا احساس می کنید که یه دوست صمیمی داره با بیانی طنزآمیز از خاطراتش در مورد خانواده، دوستانش ،دوران دانشجویی و سفرهاش براتون تعریف می کنه.کتاب شامل 11 داستانه که ظاهرا در ترجمه چند داستان از نسخه اصلی به دلیل اشاره به تمایلات همجنسگرایانه "سداریس" حذف شده، شاید حذف این داستان ها به کیفیت کتاب لطمه زده باشه چون کتاب رو برای من که تجربه خوندن "بالاخره یک روز قشنگ حرف می زنم" رو از سداریس داشتم در سطح پایین تری قرار میده
Ας βγάλουμε κάτι από τη μέση: αγαπώ τον David Sedaris. Βρίσκω πραγματικά αστεία τα αστεία του και με πιάνει κάτι με τα όσα αυτοβιογραφικά διηγείται. Το Me Talk Pretty One Day μου άρεσε πολύ και το Holidays on Ice είναι ένα από τα καλύτερα Χριστουγεννιάτικα βιβλία που υπάρχουν*, κι εγώ αν ξέρω ένα πράγμα αυτό είναι τα Χριστουγεννιάτικα βιβλία.

*Μια από τις ιστορίες του Holidays on Ice, το SantaLand Diaries, κυκλοφορεί στα ελληνικά από τις εκδόσεις Μελάνι με τον τίτλο Ημερολόγια από τη χώρα των Χρι
اولین بار با سداریس توی همشهری داستان آشناشدم .طنزی صمیمی که آدم رو با خودش همراه می برد .توی این مجموعه هم داستان اولش یعنی طاعون تیک همین طور بود تا بقیه ذاستانها بخصوص خود داستان مادربزرگت رو از این جاببر.پدر ومادر بامزه هم دارد بخصوص مادرش
I started reading this book at a particularly pathetic stage in my life. I'd just left grad school and was sharing a room in my parents' house with one of my sisters. I had a 1.5 hour commute each way to work and even though I had to go to bed at like 9 p.m. to have the energy to face the next day, Monica (said sister) always thought I was up too late. One night, she started yelling at me because for several consecutive nights I'd stayed up late reading, giggling out loud in my bed. Luckily, whe ...more
Elham 8
سداریس رو با کتاب «بالاخره یه روزی قشنگ حرف می زنم» شناختم. کتابی که تو روزهای تلخی که می خوندمش، خنده های بلند برام به همراه داشت. براساس اون تجربه، انتظار بیشتری از این کتاب داشتم، اما خب، این کتاب به خودی خود کتاب خوبی بود . اگرچه شیرینی های کتاب قبل رو برام نداشت .
سداریس قصد طنز نوشتن نداره، دلقک بازی درنمیاره و حرفای مسخره نمی زنه. شخصیت اصلی کتاب، واقعا یه شخصیت طنزه. همینه و کاریش هم نمیشه کرد. این که تلاشی برای خنده دار بودن توی این کتابها نبود، برام از همه چیز دوست داشتنی تر و طبیعی تر
Ahmad Sharabiani
داستانهای کوتاه: «طاعون تیک»، «گوشت کنسروی»، «مادربزرگت رو از اینجا ببر!»، «غول یکچشم»، «یک کارآگاه واقعی»، «دیکس هیل»، «حشره ی درام»، «دینا»، «سیاره ی میمونها»، «چهارضلعی ناقص» و «شب مردگان زنده». کتاب با ترجمه پیمان خاکسار در 152 صفحه از سوی نشر «زاوش» منتشر شده
طاعون تیک: داستان پسربچه ای ست که ذهن اش لحظه ای او را آرام نمیگذارد، کلیدی برای خاموش کردنش در دسترس او نیست. فرامینی همچون لیس زدن کلید چراغ های کلاس درس، فشاردادن دماغ به در یخچال و کاپوت ماشین، کوبیدن پاشنه کفش به پیشانی و ... از مت
If I read The Da Vinci Code for all those people who prefaced their enjoyment of the book with "I don't read much," I finally read my first Sedaris book for all my smartass indie literary-type friends who stared aghast at me every time for the last five years I said I'd never read him.

"You mean you've read Eggers, but not Sedaris? I'll bet you like the Stones better than the Beatles too, dont you?"

"You think your family's bad, wait'll you read about his!"

"No, I don't like him because he's cool,
This wonderfully amusing book took me by surprise. Each chapter is a short memoir of David Sedaris' childhood, filled with some unusual adventures, from hitch hiking with a paraplegic to having servants wax your change. Sedaris writes in a very humorous tone, basically turning some of his misfortunes into the readers entertainment. Come to think of it, it really wasn't the stories that made the book enjoyable. It was how Sedaris wrote them. A very unique, consistent style throughout the book, lo ...more
Sometimes I finish a book that feels good despite some of the uncomfortable things I found among the pages. Naked is the opposite, for despite the humor and insight I wanted to rub many of the passages out of my memory. I can't, and I cannot recommend the book. It was an exercise of wading through too much waste for too little worth.

David Sedaris has a voice that is real, blemished and unapologetic. Whether 100% or 10% of the book is factual is not important; it's how he tells the stories that m
I enjoyed this book more in the beginning than I did toward the end. At first it was entertaining to read about all of Sedaris's mishaps and "woe is me" type of moments, but that theme got too repetitive (for me) and eventually I just wasn't impressed anymore. It seemed like he was looking for sympathy while trying to put a humorous spin on pretty humbling and shitty moments in his life. There were parts that were truly funny, but I think it would have worked out better if every story (almost) h ...more
بطرز ابلهانه ای تصور می کردم با یک داستان طنز روبرو هستم... و خب وقتی سه شنبه غروب داستان رو تمام کردم تنها حسی که داشتم این بود که بزنم زیر گریه بلند وبلند وهای های گریه کنم!!!!!!چرا؟خب از خودم در اواسط داستان پرسیدم چی دارم می خونم و جوابش این بود داستان راجع به ادمیه که بطرز غیرقابل انکاری فرد معمولی محسوب میشه درمورد همه چی معملیه و بطرز مرگ اور و کشنده ای باور داره که اتفاقا یه نابغه است که باید کشف بشه و خواسته هاش اصلا با واقعیات و توان فکری و جسمیش منطبق نیست. مثل این که می خواد خواننده ...more
Naked is my first exposure to the humor of David Sedaris, and not only did I enjoy it, I will definitely read more by him. The comedic memoir is a collection of short stories from his childhood through his adulthood, including his experiences with OCD, the death of his mother, and coming out. I can't say that I can relate to his tales, but I experienced many laugh out loud moments. One of the more hilarious chapters chronicles the time he spent in a nudist colony. Underneath all of the silliness ...more
Jesse Keenan
I had the opportunity to personally thank David Sedaris for this book but I don't think I was able to fully articulate what it meant to me at the time. This was in no small part due to the fact that I was standing before a personal hero of mine. Also I was drunk. I will attempt to write what I wish I could have expressed that night.

Naked played a significant role in one the fonder memories of my adult life. It was during Fiesta in Santa Barbara (Old Spanish Days), which if you live in SB and are
Spider the Doof Warrior
I don't know how to feel about this book. Parts of it are funny, parts of it are deeply sad but he's insisting that it's funny. Like when he talks about having OCD. I feel so bad for him. It makes me think people in the past sucked. The poor kid has a disorder and needs help, but his father's slammed on the brakes and made him hurt himself and his mother made fun of him for this.
A lot of the humour is kind of cruel in this book. The best story was probably about David dealing with his mother dy
Homa Sharifmousavi
نمیدونم چرا از اول نسبت به ترجمه ی کتاب خوشبین نبودم وقتی متن اصلی رو دیدم فهمیدم ترجمه خوبه اما یه مشکل خیلی بزرگ هست،کتاب اصلی داستان داره و ترجمه داستان!
نویسنده ی کتاب و خیلی از کسایی که کتاب رو خوندن اصرار دارن که داستانها خنده دارند اما من نه تنها طنز و خنده ای توی داستانها ندیدم بلکه بیشتر غم دیدم
چون ماهیت بعضی از داستانها برام ناراحت کننده بود ترجیح میدادم با لحن عادی نوشته میشدند،حس میکردم طنز و خنده به زور به داستانا تحمیل شده اما در کل دلنشین بود خوندن داستانهایی از خاطرات زندگی دیو
I've joined a book club and it isn't going well. I've a sneaking suspicion my fellow members (who happen to all be good friends) aren't reading the books that are being chosen and so far I don't blame them.
The first selection was a Victorian true crime offering so dry and stale, it read like the literary equivalent of a rice cake. The second was Jeffrey Eugenides' much-loved Middlesex which, well... you'd have to read my review to see what I thought of that. And now Naked which, confusingly, is
طنزِ خیلی طنزی نبود. روایتهای خوبی بودند با شخصیّتپردازیهای بهتری. شخصیتپردازیها بعضی مواقع خیلی نبوغآمیز بودند، مثل «طاعون تیک». گاهی فهمیدهشدنی بودند، -فقط در مورد شخصیّت پسره فعلاً منظورم است- مثل «کارآگاه واقعی» و «حشرهی درام». بعضی مواقع هم پندآموز بودند :دی مثل «سیّارۀ میمونها».

+ خواندنش وادارم کرد بیشتر در این باره فکر کنم که "اصلاً چرا رمان و داستان کوتاه میخوانم." تا حالا، برای این میخواندم که 1) لحظههایی را تجربه کنم که نمیتوانم زندگی کنم -مثل لحظههای قبل از اعدام یک جانی مثلاً، یا لحظ
This is a highly unusual autobiography of David Sedaris, who, according to the New York Magazine, is a "Playwright, author, radio star, and retired elf". I wasn't sure what he is actually. I came across his name when his book (also in my already-bought-please-read-it-quickly list) Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim made it into the various reading lists of newspapers and magazines. I thought he was quite interesting and I started to take note of his name.

The book is a collection of essays o
David Sedaris's biting, hilarious memoir about his family and his teenage years made me laugh out loud. Not your typical, chuckle to yourself on the bus laugh, no, Sedaris made me guffaw as he recounted his firat job working at a mall cafeteria, and when his sister first got her period. Sedaris's family is quirky, sure, but it is like every family: hilarious, embarassing and tragic. Sedaris's wit is sharp and dark, and I think reading about his experiences helped me recognize that I have to laug ...more
Like all of Sedaris' books, this one has some MAJOR, masterful escapades, made all the better because they are true...
Two favorite scenes:
Sedaris' mom and sister watch crime shows all summer and then... a mystery arises in their own household- who is wiping their butt on the towels? The BROWN towels, so the offense isn't recognized until one gets a face full. Who is it? "I don't know, but I know he had corn yesterday," is one quote that sticks in my mind.
I think Naked is also the book that ope
I was sad when I started Naked because at the time, it was the last Sedaris book that I hadn't read, but it kept me sane throughout a senior road trip. I enjoy Sedaris because his writing is sharp and witty, but he also manages to be sensitive and insightful without being maudlin or preachy. I think "Ashes," in which he describes his mother's cancer and her relationship with himself and his siblings, is some of his best work.

Also, it's always nice, when someone calls and asks what you're doing,
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David Sedaris is a Grammy Award-nominated American humorist and radio contributor.

Sedaris came to prominence in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay "SantaLand Diaries." He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994. Each of his four subsequent essay collections, Naked (1997), Holidays on Ice (1997), Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000), Dress Your Fa
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