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Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
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I think I finally know what it is that bugs me about David Sedaris.

I've always felt like I was missing the bus when it came to his stuff, because everyone else seems to think he's the funniest guy of all time, etc., etc., but I think I finally put my finger on it: I just don't like his third-person stories. When he writes about himself and his experiences (first person), it’s hilarious. When he gets into the whole "And now I'm going to tell a twisted story (third person) with lots of exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" thing, for some reason it just bugs the crap out of me.

So yeah, the first part of this book, where he talks about his experience being a Macy's Christmas Elf: awesome. Everything else: total letdown. Maybe I just need to read more of his books, but if he'd just stick to writing about himself (which shouldn't be hard, because - and I might be totally wrong here - the glimpses we get from his first-person accounts make it seem like he probably has an ego that can be seen from space), I'd probably think he was amazing too.
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