It’s been 25 years since Morning Edition listeners first met a very un-merry Christmas elf named Crumpet from “Santaland Diaries,” the. ‘Santaland Diaries’ contains six of David Sedaris’ most profound Christmas stories, from Dinah, the Christmas Whore to Season’s Greetings to our Friends and. David Sedaris was not always an award-winning writer and satirist. For two consecutive Christmases, he was elf at a New York department store. These are .

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Santaland Diaries

The first story about being an elf is Macy’s was perhaps the best, most sardonic and darkly humorous. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Still, they insist on sending these braggy, upbeat letter that paint their lives in increasingly fake technicolor. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Lists with This Book. As we approach Christmas, I really suggest you get a copy of the tapes from NPR archives, failing that then go for a very funny read. There we Really this book is a 2. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

SantaLand Diaries

Sedaris is meant to be heard, and I can hear his voice reading these short stories as I dvaid them. Nov 22, Frances Sawaya rated it really liked it. Holidays bring out the crazy in all of us. Feb 25, Eugenia rated it it was amazing Shelves: There’s a parent who makes his child urinate in the fake snow. This is a fantastic read, and perfect to read at this time of year when it’s the season of love and joy and giving and Sedaris reminds you just how much of a shower of bastards dsvid common person especially parents can be at Christmas in retail.


There were for sure some really funny observations, comments and thoughts, but on the whole I found the humour in this collection out of non-fiction stories rather monotonous than sparking-refreshing. I used to listen to it on the car between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, and it really helped. This was a story in ‘Holidays on Ice’ and I have seen a one-man show of this that sold me on it because he was amazing.

I liked the first two stories, and had a great time reading them. I hope, I’ll have more luck with my next I couldn’t any more ignore a highly positive feedback from many readers about David Sedaris’s comedy skills.

I want a few happy words and some Christmas cheer, not the whole unvarnished truth with a plea for character witnesses for Pete’s sake! December 21, 5: As we approach Christmas, I really suggest you get a copy of the tapes from NPR archives, failin My introduction to Sedaris was via my great friend, Craig. He knows he isn’t a beauty queen, he consistently blunders asntaland life making mistakes, playing the fool even and yet daivd has this amazing ability to WRITE about it, to share it with thw world and make fun of himself OUT LOUD to millions of readers.


His off-beat humor matches up with what I think is funny.

We were made for each other. He hasn’t read them out loud for nearly twenty years – but has agreed to read them once more for BBC Radio 4.

A Holiday Tradition: David Sedaris Reads ‘Santaland Diaries’ : NPR

Feb 24, Adam added it Shelves: Dec 13, Shea rated it liked it. That’s what she told me. The thing is though we seem to have absolutely nothing in common we do have one thing, tiny as it may be, we the commanality of being human and living during this particular era. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. And because his name was in the phone book, he says he got all kinds of calls — from editors, old friends and from strangers, including a telephone operator.

Funny and poignant, both voices combine into a reading experience like none other. This is my work uniform.