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(Time)   Author David Sedaris, who spends up to nine hours a day obsessively picking up litter on the roads surrounding his English home, gets a town garbage truck named after him. "He's a real local hero," notes mayor   (time.com ) divider line
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2014-08-01 01:09:15 PM  
Author David Sedaris, who spends up to nine hours a day obsessively picking up litter on the roads surrounding his English home, gets a town garbage truck named after him. "He's a real local hero nutbag," notes mayor


FTFY
 
2014-08-01 01:14:34 PM  
who reportedly walks several miles every day to collect litter in the community

I'm surprised that this is legal in the UK.

I hope that doesn't make me a bad person.
 
2014-08-01 01:17:22 PM  
I thought he lived in France.

Literary figures, kindly stop skulking around the countryside picking up garbage, it's really making it difficult to stalk you.

At least Salinger stayed in one place!
 
2014-08-01 01:22:46 PM  

brap: I thought he lived in France.

Literary figures, kindly stop skulking around the countryside picking up garbage, it's really making it difficult to stalk you.

At least Salinger stayed in one place!


I heard he was driven from France for rampant pronoun gender abuse.
 
2014-08-01 04:06:29 PM  
I can't recall reading anything he's written but I would disappoint his sister, given the chance.
 
2014-08-01 04:07:09 PM  

brap: I thought he lived in France.

Literary figures, kindly stop skulking around the countryside picking up garbage, it's really making it difficult to stalk you.

At least Salinger stayed in one place!


This.  I heard a recent TAL show where they followed him around his new home-town in france and he talked about his difficulties with the language.
 
2014-08-01 04:08:34 PM  
That's funny.  I feel like I'm picking up garbage every time I pick up a David Sedaris book.
 
2014-08-01 04:16:45 PM  
He could just vacuum the cat like normal writers.
 
2014-08-01 04:20:39 PM  
I don't know this guy as an author, but I like him. I do the same thing along my stretch of section road, but it typically takes less than an hour; I usually bag a half-dozen beer and pop cans, and a bit of litter. Not a busy road at all, but still boobs are tossing trash.
May have to read Sedaris now. Spent a month in West Sussex once, lovely countryside, well worth litter picking.
 
2014-08-01 04:23:35 PM  
Still only knows the local word for "gridlock".

/Turns out it is "gridlock".
 
2014-08-01 04:29:07 PM  
I walked down to the store to pick up a liter the other day.
 
2014-08-01 04:31:09 PM  
I enjoyed a few of his books, but they all end up running together in my head. "I live in France. It's wacky. My family is crazy lolz".
 
2014-08-01 04:36:49 PM  

Karma Chameleon: I enjoyed a few of his books, but they all end up running together in my head. "I live in France. It's wacky. My family is crazy lolz".


This is true. Then again, I've literally laughed out loud while reading them, which isn't something I can say about many authors. They're enjoyable but not paticularly life changing, which is fine with me for my casual reading. I just wished he had dropped the "No, it really happened just like this!" shtick sooner.
 
2014-08-01 04:41:28 PM  

Skink Wrangler: I don't know this guy as an author, but I like him. I do the same thing along my stretch of section road, but it typically takes less than an hour; I usually bag a half-dozen beer and pop cans, and a bit of litter. Not a busy road at all, but still boobs are tossing trash.
May have to read Sedaris now. Spent a month in West Sussex once, lovely countryside, well worth litter picking.


_Me Talk Pretty One Day_
or
_Naked_
 
2014-08-01 04:46:07 PM  
9 hours a day? How does he have time to be an author?
 
2014-08-01 04:51:53 PM  

dionysusaur: Skink Wrangler: I don't know this guy as an author, but I like him. I do the same thing along my stretch of section road, but it typically takes less than an hour; I usually bag a half-dozen beer and pop cans, and a bit of litter. Not a busy road at all, but still boobs are tossing trash.
May have to read Sedaris now. Spent a month in West Sussex once, lovely countryside, well worth litter picking.

_Me Talk Pretty One Day_
or
_Naked_


I would add SantaLand Diaries to that list.

You can get most of his books in audio form, he does the readings himself.  I think they are worth the time.
 
2014-08-01 05:10:14 PM  
Good man.  An active part of his community.

"For the first twenty years of my life, I rocked myself to sleep. It was a harmless enough hobby, but eventually, I had to give it up. Throughout the next twenty-two years I lay still and discovered that after a few minutes I could drop off with no problem. Follow seven beers with a couple of scotches and a thimble of good marijuana, and it's funny how sleep just sort of comes on its own. Often I never even made it to the bed. I'd squat down to pet the cat and wake up on the floor eight hours later, having lost a perfectly good excuse to change my clothes. I'm now told that this is not called "going to sleep" but rather "passing out," a phrase that carries a distinct hint of judgment."

--one of my favorite passages of his, from "Me Talk Pretty One Day"
 
2014-08-01 05:27:26 PM  
He looks just like I imaged he would look like.
 
2014-08-01 05:31:11 PM  
Reading this right now

i60.tinypic.com

The author reminds me a bit of Sedaris. Just as neurotic but British and not gay.
 
2014-08-01 05:32:26 PM  
His retelling of "Six to eight black men" changed my life.
 
2014-08-01 05:56:31 PM  
Good on him for picking up litter, but it must be hard being OCD about your entire town.

And when does he have time to write?
 
2014-08-01 05:59:32 PM  
Is he a crazy person?
 
2014-08-01 06:10:56 PM  
Snapper Carr:  I would disappoint his sister, given the chance.

I'm a big fan of David, but would welcome the chance to turn this into a hot Amy thread

www.amysedarisrocks.com
 
2014-08-01 06:15:49 PM  
I can hear his account of trash-picking now:

That's the funny thing about picking up trash.  No matter how much you do it, it never seems to permanently disappear.  Which is fine by me, because I can use the fresh air, and being able to smoke cigarettes without the passive-aggressive window opening and judgmental gaze of you-know-who.  In any case, most of the litter I come across are empty cans of something called "Special Brew", empty bottles of something called "Buckfast Tonic Wine", empty bags of cheap rolling tobacco.  And full condoms.  The condoms I leave alone.  As my mother used to say, "Everyone's gotta have standards."  Then she'd light another True Lights 100, stir the ice around her high-ball, turn up the volume on the Mike Douglas show and make comments on Rosemary Clooney's weight gain and choice of a floor-length canary yellow dress.  "Good Lord," she'd say "she looks like a taxi!"
 
2014-08-01 06:18:17 PM  
Little known fact: David sedaris and Amy sedaris are related. They were once married until David came out of the closet.
 
2014-08-01 06:20:54 PM  
Here's the New Yorker essay mentioned in TFA.

As a promotion, all the content from recent years is free online until they put back the paywall in the fall.

JUNE 30, 2014 ISSUE
Stepping Out
Living the Fitbit life by David Sedaris
 
2014-08-01 06:21:00 PM  

cgraves67: 9 hours a day? How does he have time to be an author?


He quit drinking. Years ago, actually, but it frees up a lot of time.
 
2014-08-01 06:32:16 PM  

jaytkay: Here's the New Yorker essay mentioned in TFA.

As a promotion, all the content from recent years is free online until they put back the paywall in the fall.

JUNE 30, 2014 ISSUE
Stepping Out
Living the Fitbit life by David Sedaris


Came to say this.

He walks for fitness. He's multitasking. Good on him.

And he's a fine essayist.

I got a fitbit because of him.
 
2014-08-01 06:40:40 PM  

shamalamadingdong: I can hear his account of trash-picking now:

That's the funny thing about picking up trash.  No matter how much you do it, it never seems to permanently disappear.  Which is fine by me, because I can use the fresh air, and being able to smoke cigarettes without the passive-aggressive window opening and judgmental gaze of you-know-who.  In any case, most of the litter I come across are empty cans of something called "Special Brew", empty bottles of something called "Buckfast Tonic Wine", empty bags of cheap rolling tobacco.  And full condoms.  The condoms I leave alone.  As my mother used to say, "Everyone's gotta have standards."  Then she'd light another True Lights 100, stir the ice around her high-ball, turn up the volume on the Mike Douglas show and make comments on Rosemary Clooney's weight gain and choice of a floor-length canary yellow dress.  "Good Lord," she'd say "she looks like a taxi!"


That's a spot on imitation.

+1 internets
 
2014-08-01 06:51:09 PM  
There is actually an essay in one of his recent books about picking up trash, so you don't actually have to imagine what it would be like.
 
2014-08-01 06:52:18 PM  

beakerxf: shamalamadingdong: I can hear his account of trash-picking now:

That's the funny thing about picking up trash.  No matter how much you do it, it never seems to permanently disappear.  Which is fine by me, because I can use the fresh air, and being able to smoke cigarettes without the passive-aggressive window opening and judgmental gaze of you-know-who.  In any case, most of the litter I come across are empty cans of something called "Special Brew", empty bottles of something called "Buckfast Tonic Wine", empty bags of cheap rolling tobacco.  And full condoms.  The condoms I leave alone.  As my mother used to say, "Everyone's gotta have standards."  Then she'd light another True Lights 100, stir the ice around her high-ball, turn up the volume on the Mike Douglas show and make comments on Rosemary Clooney's weight gain and choice of a floor-length canary yellow dress.  "Good Lord," she'd say "she looks like a taxi!"

That's a spot on imitation.

+1 internets


It's almost too accurate. I read it in his voice.
 
2014-08-01 07:01:25 PM  

Metastatic Capricorn: Snapper Carr:  I would disappoint his sister, given the chance.

I'm a big fan of David, but would welcome the chance to turn this into a hot Amy thread

[www.amysedarisrocks.com image 221x320]


ts1.mm.bing.net
 
2014-08-01 07:03:57 PM  

tacos4jesus: There is actually an essay in one of his recent books about picking up trash, so you don't actually have to imagine what it would be like.


Yeah, but mine is more Sedarisy.
 
2014-08-01 07:05:22 PM  

Billy Liar: Metastatic Capricorn: Snapper Carr:  I would disappoint his sister, given the chance.

I'm a big fan of David, but would welcome the chance to turn this into a hot Amy thread

[www.amysedarisrocks.com image 221x320]

[ts1.mm.bing.net image 300x300]


www.thecelebsurgery.com
www.vanityfair.com
media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com
 
2014-08-01 07:07:27 PM  
If you seriously have never heard of him, Stadium Pal is a good intro.

Link
 
2014-08-01 07:15:49 PM  

jaytkay: Billy Liar: Metastatic Capricorn: Snapper Carr:  I would disappoint his sister, given the chance.

I'm a big fan of David, but would welcome the chance to turn this into a hot Amy thread

[www.amysedarisrocks.com image 221x320]

[ts1.mm.bing.net image 300x300]

[www.thecelebsurgery.com image 325x446]
[www.vanityfair.com image 220x310]
[media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com image 512x620]


thediscerningbrute.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-08-01 07:25:19 PM  
First, I like a lot of his work. Me Talk Pretty One Day is a book I have recommended to people.


But if I read too many stories at once, or hear him tell them, I just want to scream, "Grow a pair goddammit."

A little too unassertive and mousey.

But I still like the elf story.

And his sister.
 
2014-08-01 08:34:30 PM  
I enjoy his writing. Nothing else matters to me much.
 
2014-08-01 08:56:40 PM  
img.fark.net

his screenplays are amazing as well.
 
2014-08-01 09:39:31 PM  
Check out Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, so good. Also, SantaLand Diaries was hilarious. I laughed so hard I had tears in eyes.
 
2014-08-02 11:39:49 AM  
Love Sedaris.

When I was young, it wasn't Christmas until the Charlie Brown special had been on.

Now, it's not Christmas until NPR replays Santaland Diaries.
 
2014-08-02 12:40:31 PM  
CSB: My sis told him a joke at a book signing that he later used on the tour he was on. It goes like this:

Q: Have you heard of the Tempura House?
A: It's a home for lightly battered women.

It was a...wait for it...big hit.
 
2014-08-02 01:02:14 PM  
Thanks to Farkers above for tips and links, have now read and viewed enough of him to become a fan. Sounds like he lives smack-dab in the middle of the part of West Sussex I knew. I can understand why he would live there. Some very great talents lived and worked thereabouts.
 
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