CALYPSO by David Sedaris

If you are not already familiar with David Sedaris’s writing, then you should start with ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY, for reasons which I’ve explained here. Then, read everything else he’s written. He has a dysfunctional family (Who doesn’t?) and he travels widely, so he has plenty of stories to tell. Eventually you will arrive at CALYPSO, his latest collection of essays, which is as hilarious as all the rest. While it might be sacrilegious to analyze humor, when I read his work I’m always struck by two things: his precise attention to detail and his willingness to contemplate the absurdities of ordinary life. For example, in “Your English Is So Good,” he mulls over the inane conversations that we endure when traveling:

As a business traveler, you’ll likely be met at your destination by someone who asks, “So, how was your flight?” This, as if there are interesting variations and you might answer, “The live orchestra was a nice touch,” or “The first half was great, but then they let a baby take over the controls and it got all bumpy.”…

That’s just a tiny taste of this delicious collection. I encourage you to dig in.


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Creator of The Literacy Cookbook (, I am an educational consultant who also happens to love to read incessantly. I found myself referring friends to so many books that it seemed like time to create a blog to record all of these recommendations. So here it is.
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1 Response to CALYPSO by David Sedaris

  1. romcomdojo says:

    I loved this one so much. I’m glad I got the hardcover so I can read it over and over again in the coming years!

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