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Barrel Fever by David Sedaris
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Apr 30, 09

Read in April, 2009

Sedaris' SantaLand Diaries is absolutely hilarious. It is a great critic of middle class consumerism and the absurdity that it brings in what is suppose to be a religious holiday.

I think this is Sedaris at his best when he makes fun of the general middle class culture and himself not anyone in specific. I also tend to prefer his writing his personal experiences over his work of fiction although I did enjoy My Manuscirpt, Glen's Homophobia Newleeter Vol. 3, No. 2, Season's Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!!, and After Malison.

Out of the above, I especially liked After Malison, as it is a critic on the brooding intellectualism with its preference on introspection and self-importance over being in the moment and happy. I loved how in the end the "intellectual writer" finds out that she and the "simpleton" man had much in common than she realized.
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