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Me Talk Pretty One Day
Transcript of Me Talk Pretty One Day
by David Sedaris
David sequences his experiences with living in New York, Chicago, London, and France
with knowing a little french, David moved to France.. all the words he knew were nouns
knew phrases like, "Me tired always!"
after his speech impediment he had overcome the English language, now David had to learn a whole new language... he was starting over.. new country, new adventures
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Before moving to France, David was an "unqualified" writing teacher in Chicago
writing career leads him to New York, then France
while in France, he has to watch movies in French...recounts his movie going experiences in France
entire novel goes out of order
an event that happened in his childhood... he relates a similar event in the next chapter... an event that had occurred fifteen years later in the future
Sedaris discusses siblings' talents of drawing
he goes through his artistic challenges
Here is David Sedaris displaying his autobiographical book.
Me Talk Pretty One Day
David Sedaris's hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina
full of humorous autobiographical essays written by Sedaris
accounts his humorous upbringing in Raleigh, North Carolina
Sedaris had a lisp
underwent speech therapy and read every word in the dictionary
lisp had set back his confidence~ Giant Dreams, Midget Abilities
Sedaris tells stories of his quirky parents that fought a lot
still loved each other
parents sense of humor is where David gets his sardonic and sarcastic sense of humor from
parents help him to get through his struggles including addiction
David's family is very dsfunctional but also heavily family-oriented
Basic themes of Me Talk Pretty One Day:
overcoming difficult struggles
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discusses his competitiveness with his siblings
wanted his sister Gretchen's same artistic abilities
frustrated with drawing in college... David switched to pottery
hung out with lazy filmmakers
Sedaris is still trying to find himself during this time
found out that true art was based on despair.. his school had no sulking class
dropped out of college
very sardonic stories and tone
talks about the numerous pets
guinea pig who died eating four cigarettes
German Shepard named Machon
Machon had died... David's father had brought home an identical German Shepard
cats, dogs, guinea pigs
one of the cats was dying of feline leukemia
david and his siblings, thinking hopefully, send out cards to people saying they had found out a cure for feline leukemia... before they knew it, a news reporter was asking for an interview and a photo shoot of the cat
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Sedaris had become addicted to crystal meth
felt so creative and alive
felt as though he was living art
gained more confidence through his addictions
His personality changed, thoughts became more manic
turned into an angry and manic addict
needed to change his life and stop disappointing his parents
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Awards—Thurber Prize; Time Humorist of the Year;
Advocate Lambda Award.
each novel that David Sedaris has written following Me Talk Pretty One Day, has become a bestseller.
The influences on David Sedaris
Raymond Carver & Flannery O'Connor
"Indeed, the stronger chapters in this book tend to be the ones that mix satire with sentiment, brazenness with rumination. Those pieces reveal a writer who is capable not only of being funny, but touching, even tender, too."
Michiko Kakutani - New York Times
He once heated up a skillet of plastic soldiers and poured a milkshake over his head for a performance art piece in front of a college audience whilst addicted to crystal methamphetamine.
David Sedaris has shared with readers his quirky family and his humorous and wonderfully varied life.
David Sedaris's hilarious autobiography has been a joy to read. He writes so specifically and to the senses that as he describes something, the reader can picture it in their mind because of the descriptiveness of the text. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to laugh all the time.