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(NPR)   A truly wonderful Christmas tradition: David Sedaris reads Santaland Diaries. Also included is the text version of the story   (npr.org) divider line 22
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2013-12-24 11:08:11 AM  
Nicholas Was...
older than sin, and his beard could grow no whiter. He wanted to die.
The dwarfish natives of the Arctic caverns did not speak his language, but conversed in their own, twittering tongue, conducted incomprehensible rituals, when they were not actually working in the factories.
Once every year they forced him, sobbing and protesting, into Endless Night. During the journey he would stand near every child in the world, leave one of the dwarves' invisible gifts by its bedside. The children slept, frozen into time.
He envied Prometheus and Loki, Sisyphus and Judas. His punishment was harsher.
Ho.
Ho.
Ho.

-All credit to Neil Gaiman.
http://www.neilgaiman.com/works/Books/Smoke+%2526+Mirrors/in/197/
 
2013-12-24 11:11:23 AM  
I saw David Sedaris at a reading in October.  An audience member, during the Q&A, asked if he would ever write a sequel to  Santaland Diaries.  He paused a bit before answering no.  He really had no intention, he said, of having another job like that since he didn't need to work anymore.

No point to this at all btw.
 
2013-12-24 11:16:27 AM  
David Sedaris does the best Billie Holiday impersonation ever.

/Not that he has a lot of competition.
 
2013-12-24 11:24:53 AM  
I love him.
 
2013-12-24 12:05:09 PM  
In my book, a holiday classic. I know there are one-man shows built around this. Wonder if he ever optioned film rights.
 
2013-12-24 12:15:56 PM  

moresugar: David Sedaris does the best Billie Holiday impersonation ever.

/Not that he has a lot of competition.


That bastard has almost ruined Lady Day for me - I picture him every time I hear her.

Dinah, The Christmas Whore is another classic
 
2013-12-24 12:19:12 PM  

moresugar: David Sedaris does the best Billie Holiday impersonation ever.

/Not that he has a lot of competition.


Read the book years ago, had never heard him speak until yesterday on NPR.  I thought to myself, "Yeah, that voice could do a great Lady Day," and then he started singing.  Eerily accurate.
 
2013-12-24 01:18:32 PM  
Still a lovely piece, and I think his reinvention of Santa taking things away when you're naughty instead of giving you coal is one of the most brilliant things I've ever heard.

Props to you, elf man.  Major and unending props.
 
2013-12-24 01:45:04 PM  
You also need to read or listen to 6 to 8 Black Men, which despite the title is a Christmas story.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&ei=ndW5UuXJNMPqrAet6 Y DwDA&url=http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DNYdpte1W0vk&cd=1&ved=0CCgQ twIwAA&usg=AFQjCNEoVdOEHFxWrqZGvanG81nZOcDpxw
 
2013-12-24 01:56:05 PM  
Does anyone have a link to the other readings? I first heard this a few years ago on NPR, I never realized he's been doing it for 21 years. I like to hear more.
 
2013-12-24 02:05:17 PM  

smoky2010: Does anyone have a link to the other readings? I first heard this a few years ago on NPR, I never realized he's been doing it for 21 years. I like to hear more.


I think most of it is on YouTube or the bay of your choice, hardy har harr. Although there's also Amazon and/or Audible and he does all his own voice work as far as I know.
 
2013-12-24 02:16:29 PM  

technofiend: You also need to read or listen to 6 to 8 Black Men, which despite the title is a Christmas story.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&ei=ndW5UuXJNMPqrAet6 Y DwDA&url=http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DNYdpte1W0vk&cd=1&ved=0CCgQ twIwAA&usg=AFQjCNEoVdOEHFxWrqZGvanG81nZOcDpxw


came for this, leaving satisfied.

jwa007: No point to this at all btw.


Whatever, Fark loves Sedaris.

/his sister, too.
 
2013-12-24 03:05:58 PM  

mekkab: technofiend: You also need to read or listen to 6 to 8 Black Men, which despite the title is a Christmas story.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&ei=ndW5UuXJNMPqrAet6 Y DwDA&url=http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DNYdpte1W0vk&cd=1&ved=0CCgQ twIwAA&usg=AFQjCNEoVdOEHFxWrqZGvanG81nZOcDpxw

came for this, leaving satisfied.

jwa007: No point to this at all btw.

Whatever, Fark loves Sedaris.

/his sister, too.


Sorry to quote everything: the mobile browser is brain dead. Sedaris is a cranky little screwball who makes fun of everything. Of course we love him.

He's not the world's funniest guy and I enjoyed Santaland Diaries in the theatre but have never paid for a second performance. So don't get me wrong: I'm not hanging on his every word. But like Alice's Restaurant he gets a slot on the playlist at the right time of year.
 
2013-12-24 04:37:33 PM  
he's a pretentious little weasel who thinks he's much too clever for the room. he stinks, and he's not funny. and NPR has used santaland diaries to endlessly flog dollars out of wanna-be liberals since dirt. merry x-mas
 
2013-12-24 06:03:35 PM  

bigbobowski: he's a pretentious little weasel who thinks he's much too clever for the room. he stinks, and he's not funny. and NPR has used santaland diaries to endlessly flog dollars out of wanna-be liberals since dirt. merry x-mas


So?
 
2013-12-24 06:57:32 PM  

bigbobowski: he's a pretentious little weasel who thinks he's much too clever for the room. he stinks, and he's not funny. and NPR has used santaland diaries to endlessly flog dollars out of wanna-be liberals since dirt. merry x-mas


Snowball, is that you?
 
2013-12-24 07:14:40 PM  

technofiend: You also need to read or listen to 6 to 8 Black Men, which despite the title is a Christmas story.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&ei=ndW5UuXJNMPqrAet6 Y DwDA&url=http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DNYdpte1W0vk&cd=1&ved=0CCgQ twIwAA&usg=AFQjCNEoVdOEHFxWrqZGvanG81nZOcDpxw


"Christmas Freud" by David Rakoff is another NPR holiday classic.

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio- archives/episode/47/christmas-an d-commerce

/Sorry, posting from my phone
 
2013-12-24 11:15:07 PM  

technofiend: You also need to read or listen to 6 to 8 Black Men, which despite the title is a Christmas story.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&ei=ndW5UuXJNMPqrAet6 Y DwDA&url=http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DNYdpte1W0vk&cd=1&ved=0CCgQ twIwAA&usg=AFQjCNEoVdOEHFxWrqZGvanG81nZOcDpxw


That one made me cry the first time I heard it. Hilarious.
 
2013-12-25 12:01:30 AM  
A barely talented so-so writer who has gotten rich off a crappy story.
 
2013-12-25 12:10:32 AM  
I'm going to have you killed.
 
2013-12-25 01:48:46 AM  

douchebag/hater: A barely talented so-so writer who has gotten rich off a crappy story.


Same old tired shtick from you, is it? Learn a new trick for fark sake. Make it a New Year's resolution or something.
 
2013-12-25 01:39:35 PM  

DrBenway: douchebag/hater: A barely talented so-so writer who has gotten rich off a crappy story.

Same old tired shtick from you, is it? Learn a new trick for fark sake. Make it a New Year's resolution or something.


but then he'd need a new Fark handle...
 
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