Find all of my reviews at s a dramatic reenactment of me in the car going to hell Wal Mart with the husband while simultaneously trying to describe my feelings about David Sedaris Ever since I finally got brave enough to attempt audiobooks several months ago, I ve methodically been revisiting Sedaris work If you haven t experienced his stuff before, I m telling you audio is the way to go and Naked is David Sedaris at his best From being a little kid with O.C.D in a time where such behavior was dismissed as quirky, to a young man living at a nudist colony, to his mother s cancer diagnosis Naked will have you laughing until you cry and crying until you laugh An added bonus is his sister Amy lends her voice to some of the selections as well Talk about my fantasy audible m nage trois The only thing better than the Sedaris siblings Their mother Several years ago I used to wish I could be her when I grew up Now I m thinking my wish came true which I think is awesome, but probably terrifies my family. Welcome To The Hilarious, Strange, Elegiac, Outrageous World Of David Sedaris In Naked, Sedaris Turns The Mania For Memoir On Its Proverbial Ear, Mining The Exceedingly Rich Terrain Of His Life, His Family, And His Unique Worldview A Sensibility At Once Take No Prisoners Sharp And Deeply Charitable A Tart Tongued Mother Does Dead On Imitations Of Her Young Son S Nervous Tics, To The Great Amusement Of His Teachers A Stint Of Kerouackian Wandering Is Undertaken Of Course With A Quadriplegic Companion A Family Gathers For A Wedding In The Face Of Imminent Death Through It All Is Sedaris S Unmistakable Voice, Without Doubt One Of The Freshest In American Writing My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog.Sardonic and droll, the abridged audio of David Sedaris s Naked offers a series of scattered autobiographical pieces As in most of his work, the author is ironic and self deprecating as he alternates between recounting childhood memories and recollecting his travels as an adult Because the audio is abridged, though, all the mediocre pieces that typically embellish a Sedaris collection have been removed Naked offers the perfect introduction to the author s work for that reason, but those who dislike his brand of humor won t find themselves changed. 17 Hitchhiking David Sedaris is an adorable little sassmouth His idiosyncratic brand of humor possesses many fine, laudable traits it is by turns indecently irreverent, snotty, crude, painfully neurotic, silly, self deprecating, and even downright morbid Unfortunately, this collection of autobiographical essays just wasn t as consistently funny and entertaining as his other books The first half was genuinely hilarious, and reading it frequently led to uncontrollable giggling and explosions of loud, rambunctious laughter The second part, however, had so many strained, awkward jokes that I spent most of the time cringing with embarrassment on their behalf the poor things were trying way too hard If you want top shelf Sedaris, I d recommend starting with either Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim or perhaps Me Talk Pretty One Day, both of which provide much stronger examples of his distinctively snarky, sardonic wit.I ll leave you with this excerpt, which duly notes the intrinsic futility of attempting to read a book on a crowded cross country bus, surrounded by aggressively opinionated hillbillies with no real conception of boundaries or personal spaceBooks offered no relief Failing to act even as a shield, their presence attracted everything from mild curiosity to open hostility You think you re going to learn something from a book said the man sitting next to me Let me tell you a little something, bookworm, you ll learn on this goddamned bus than you would in a whole He paused, attempting to recall the name given to such a place You ll learn here than in a whole pyramid full of books You could fill a racetrack with every piece of shit ever written, but you ll learn right here Having never seen a racetrack full of books, I thought it premature to contradict him I m being told that this is funny but so far all I want to do is gather David Sedaris into my arms and rock him back and forth and tell him everything is okay Okay, finished Is it really supposed to be funny I found myself pretty saddened by most of the stories He s got a great writing style and I definitely felt pulled into each of the stories, but I think I felt empathetic than anything Especially in C.O.G I didn t want to quit my job Quitting involved a certain degree of responsibility I didn t want to assume Rather, I hoped that Jon might remove that burden and dismiss me as soon as possible I had felt contempt for him, even occasional hatred, and now I was fighting the urge to feel sorry for him He must have known it, and clearing his throat he proceeded to cut me off at the pass Let me tell you a little something, he said finally I don t appreciate being used I m not talking here about all the free coffee and rides I ve given you I mean used in here He meant to point at his heart but, swerving to pass another car, wound up gesturing toward his lap instead You re a user, kid You used my tools and my patience and now you want me to pat you on the head and tell you what a good little boy you are But you know what You re not a good boy You re not even a good girl More, I thought More, There s definitely similar themes in each story He has low self esteem, he sees himself as weak and effeminate and hardly useful He has strong ties to his family, although he isn t exactly sure why Sure, they are told with a whimsical air, but I couldn t help but pick up on the self hatred and run with it Maybe it s where I feel in my own life, but at the end of each story I reflected on his assessments and had to stop myself from breaking down In Naked someone asks him the question What if everybody in the world were allowed one wish, but in order to get it, it meant they d bave to crawl around on their hands and knees for the rest of their life His observationIf I could have the face and body of my dreams, what good would it do me if I had to walk around like an animal Mabe if I were to wish for happiness, I wouldn t mind crawling but what kind of a person would I be if I were naturally happy I ve seen people like that on inspirational television shows and they scare me Why did I have to think about this in the first place I enjoyed his stories and I will most likely read but I ll have to up my anti depressant dosage first. Naked David arrived first, but it was Holiday David who made the NPR splash Those of us in the front row received the full facial and were covered David the Elf s funk I ve still got Sedaris stank all over me and I m loving it While Holiday took a step back from unadulterated intimacy, Naked and Barrel Fever begins the unveiling of David Sedaris inner, most personal life It has all the markings of an early work, feeling like a skeletal version of Me Talk Pretty or Dress Your Family, a funny skeletal version mind you, but incomplete and fragmentary nonetheless Sedaris does not delve so deeply, mining the depths of his own existence to locate the funny bone, as he does in later works His comedic flair has not yet fully caught fire Even so, Naked presents some of the author s important first steps Some are funny Some are endearing Some are tentative Some are not pretty All can be enjoyed by fans for what they are, a good beginning.If I could, I would rate this 3.5 stars, because the story to story quality ranges from 3 to 4 I m feeling generous, so I ve clicked the 4 stars option If you re a newcomer, you might want to start with Dress Your Family though. About a third of the way through David Sedaris s book, I wondered how I had not heard of this guy before This guy was funny No, not just funny, he was really funny He didn t just make me laugh while reading his book, he made me cry I was laughing so hard So why, why had I not heard of someone so side splittingly funny A couple chapters later, I understood why A few chapters after that and Naked went into a dive bomb While there were some redeeming moments near the end, he never fully recovered and I returned the book from whence it came with a sigh, thinking of what could have been So what went wrong Let me tell you first what went right The moments where David was a kid and shared stories about his experiences growing up those were the priceless moments, those were the hilarious, tear inducing scenes that were impossible not to enjoy His description of his sarcastic mom, his crazy grandma, his golf obsessed dad with mutilated friends were priceless They were characters you could like and laugh at, at the same time Then comes stories from Sedaris s college days and afterwards, and you begin to think, You know, I don t really like this guy And it is hard to laugh with a guy that you end up not liking This is a guy who is an unapologetic drug abuser, uses obscenities with graphic language and descriptions, takes advantage of people, looks down on others Some of these he tempers with a measly sentence at the end of a chapter showing that he has since learned better, but you don t believe it It doesn t feel sincere, especially in the way he has written it There are aspects of his childhood self that linger and allow you a view of the Sedaris that you miss, but alas, they are only glimpses It was with great effort that I finished Naked, and it was with a bitter taste in my mouth If I could chance to read from Sedaris s childhood, I might venture back into those waters, but until then I will avoid him and think of what might have been. Naked, David Sedaris Naked, published in 1997, is a collection of essays by American humorist David Sedaris The book details Sedaris life, from his unusual upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, to his booze and drug ridden college years, to his Kerouacian wandering as a young adult The book became a best seller and was acclaimed for its wit, dark humor and irreverent tackling of tragic events, including the death of Sedaris mother Prior to publication, several of the essays were read by the author on the Public Radio International program This American Life.Contents Chipped Beef A Plague of Tics Get Your Ya Ya s Out Next of Kin Cyclops The Women s Open True Detective Dix Hill I Like Guys The Drama Bug Dinah, the Christmas Whore Planet of the Apes The Incomplete Quad C.O.G Something for Everyone Ashes Naked 2014 1392 150 1393 150 9786002292858 1395 20 152.