April 9, 2007

DUH?:

How mad can you get at David Sedaris? (Tom Walker, 04/08/2007, Denver Post)

[D]avid Sedaris, the darling of the National Public Radio set and author of several books of essays and the wildly popular "Dress Your Family in Cordurory and Denim" and "Me Talk Pretty One Day," is in hot water for taking some - ahem - liberties in his work.

In a recent article in The New Republic magazine, Alex Heard wrote that Sedaris exaggerated - even totally made up - some events in his essays. [...]

But how angry should the reader be with Sedaris? He is a humorist, after all, and we have always given humorists more rope. Hyperbole is their metier. Shaping the material to comic effect is what they do.


The myth, of course, is that less of the "journalists'" stuff is made up than the humorists'.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 9, 2007 12:40 PM
Comments

I never thought his written stuff was true, I'm actually astonished some thought it was true. Some of it is really funny, other stuff not so much.

Posted by: pchuck at April 9, 2007 1:32 PM
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