A friend in college liked to say, “We have too much work to do not to go to the movies.” Sometimes he finished that sentence with “read a book JUST FOR FUN.” We were often pressed for time, facing deadlines for papers and exams, and his exhortation made us all nod reflexively. The idea gave us hope. Some took him up on it and went out somewhere other than the library. Sadly, I was not usually one of those people. Even then I was a workaholic.
I was thinking of this friend today—a gorgeous, sunny beach day for those of us lucky enough to live near one—and trying to imagine what he would propose.
“Let’s go to the beach and read David Sedaris,” he would say. “ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY will make you snort soda out of your nose.”
Indeed. So, even though I have plenty of work to do—or as my friend would say, BECAUSE I do—I’m going to the beach with David Sedaris. But without the soda.
PS—If you haven’t read this book yet, first of all: Why not??? Second, here’s a link to the essay “Jesus Shaves,” which will explain everything.