When I discovered David Sedaris while I was studying Creative Writing at USC, I was immediately hooked. I felt like I had never laughed so much. Sedaris' signature is the way he dissects even the most mundane aspects of his life with a hilarity and wit that is so authentic. Behind his knee-slapping humor, is a genuine, poignant spirit that he adeptly reveals with a wink.
On Friday, I finally got to see Sedaris speak at the Pasadena Civic Center. Having already read his latest book, I expected to laugh at things I'd already read. But lucky for me, David read only one piece from the latest book, and spent the majority of the time reading from his personal diary. I brought my mom with me, and she was in stitches by the end of it. But when he read a piece he'd recently published in the New Yorker about the suicide of his sister, Tiffany, I was brought back to the real reason I love his writing. Even in the face of immense grief, Sedaris finds the humor and the beauty in his family. He admits his sister's shortcomings, and his own. He admits the failures of his family. And though he didn't really tell me what it's like to lose a sibling, I felt it anyway.