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.