The Eight-Day Week
In a perfect world–you know, the one where we don’t spend all day analyzing our feelings about exactly why it’s so disgusting to offer $10,000 for certain un-touched photos of a certain someone’s certain magazine shoot–our bookshelves would be filled with the kind of diversity not found on a certain someone’s TV show.
But it’s not, so we have to take what we can get: A female-dominated list of top fiction/non-fiction books checked out of the New York Public Library, where five of the entries are comprised of E.L. James (two books), Danielle Steel (ditto) and Sheryl Sandberg.
It’s somewhat rare for borderline-reclusive essayist David Sedaris to decamp from his French chateau to read in public, and for tonight’s appearance on his current tour, he’s chosen a location where the crowds won’t overwhelm. He’ll be in low-season Westhampton to share his work, likely including excerpts from his last book, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, and Read More
Last week, Barnes & Noble did a funny thing and classified David Sedaris’s new book of essays, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, under fiction in the weekly best-seller list they send out to publishers. It was a strong move, because Mr. Sedaris had just told Time that he definitely considered it nonfiction. "I’ve Read More
David Sedaris insisted last week that his essays, which are famously full of embellishments, should be filed under non-fiction because only about 3% of what he writes is untrue. "I’ve always been a huge exaggerator,"he said in an online Q&A on Time‘s Web site, "but when I write something, I put it on a Read More
Remember the brouhaha last year over whether David Sedaris’ work was so heavily embellished it didn’t deserve the designation of “nonfiction”?
Of course you don’t. It started with a provocative New Republic story by Alex Heard that asserted, among other things, that a "perfectly formed midget" guitar teacher did not think that Read More
Publisher’s Weekly reported earlier this month that David Sedaris had changed the title of his forthcoming book of essays. Originally it was listed as All the Beauty You’ll Ever Need. Then it popped up as Indefinite Leave to Remain. Then, just a few months before its June 3rd publication date, it Read More
David Sedaris’s forthcoming book of essays, which he recently renamed When You Are Engulfed in Flames, does not yet have cover art on file at Amazon.com. A tipster informs us, though, that Mr. Sedaris’s agent, Steven Barclay, has stealthily posted the design in all its bony glory on his Web site. The painting Read More
Fashion’s most vile trend? Apparently it’s now “in” to wear fur in the summer , proof yet again that this city is not lacking in fools who will pretty much do almost anything if some fashion jackass tells them to …. Tonight, the fur flies at furrier Dennis Basso’s show in the Read More
Quelle Daum-age! Gamin personal essayist and Vassar grad Meghan Daum, 30, a kind of literary Meg Ryan (without the Dennis Quaid Russell Crowe baggage), follows a long journalistic tradition (think Walter Kirn or Lily Burana) of people who decide they are simply unable to bear the ambition and money in the big, bad Read More