David Sedaris will be appearing in South Bend in a couple months, so I need to reread/catch up on some of his books . I had read parts of “When You Are Engulfed In Flames” before but I listened to it because I like when authors read their own stuff.
He says in the book that he reads out loud for a living. It shows in the audio version of this book, which was funny enough in print, but even funnier when the author himself reads it. I’m a fan of fish-out-of-water stories, and this one has plenty. Another favorite essay here is “Town And Country,” which was so crude and crass that you can’t help but laugh. Other favorites: “The Monster Mash” where Sedaris spends time in a morgue; “In The Waiting Room,” highlighting the trouble you can get into if you are a little sketchy on language; and “The Smoking Section,” one of the aforementioned fish-out-of-water stories. I also found the perspective on relationships in “Keeping Up.”