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When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
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Oct 30, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: stories, non-fiction, humor
Read in May, 2009

I wasn't a fan of Sedaris' "Barrel Fever" and had pretty much given up on him as an author, figuring I just wasn't hip enough to "get it." But I saw this at the library in audio book format and figured I'd give him another shot. And I'm really glad I did because this collection of essays is absolutely hysterical. It did occasionally tread into the self-indulgent realm... then again it touched into the realm of brilliance at times too. But I often found myself laughing out loud picturing this meek little man arguing with himself about whether or not to pick a cough drop out of the crotch of a lady sitting next to him on a plane... or taking the time to scan newspapers for odd stories just so he'll have interesting ice-breakers and trying to figure out a way to insert them into the conversations.

If you have the ability, I recommend picking up the audio version. I think Sedaris's reading gives it an extra punch, especially the essays that he reads in front of an audience.

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