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How does David Sedaris get away with saying the unsayable?

2 October 2021

9:00 AM

2 October 2021

9:00 AM

A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries: Volume II David Sedaris

Little Brown, pp.576, 25

These aren’t diaries in the sense that Chips Channon kept diaries, or Samuel Pepys. They aren’t diaries at all, beyond the fact that each entry records an event and has a date and place attached. If a diary is a conversation with yourself, A Carnival of Snackery is a conversation with a crowd, because the observations it contains were written as material for David Sedaris’s shows.

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