Like many 'capital F' Funny people, the ability to see the bright side, to find the perfect punch line, is a talent often developed to come to terms with very raw, very real pain. David Sedaris is capital F Funny, and this book is no exception, but with this newest collection he further introduces the reader to the side of himself that does not always make light of darker experiences. Sedaris' skill lies in his ability to let something be disappointing without being pitiable, weird without being abnormal. In relaying unpleasantness he plays neither the conquering hero, nor the shrinking violet. The description of Sedaris as a "quirky writer" crops up quite a bit and I think that "quirky" falls flat in terms of characterizing his style. His essays convey an anthropolgist's enduring curiosity about and enchantment with people- and people, let's face it, can be so very weird. By telling us about his quirks, he shows us our own. He is regularly imitated for a reason, not because he is 'odd' but because he is so reassuringly human on the page.
Daniel Lewis discusses and signs The Feathery Tribe
06/21/2012 7:00 pm
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Amateurs and professionals studying birds at the end of the nineteenth century were a contentious, passionate group with goals that intersected, collided and occasionally merged in their writings and organizations. Robert Ridgway, the Smithsonian Institution's first curator of birds, was one of North America's most important natural scientists. Exploring a world in which the uses of language, classification and accountability between amateurs and professionals played essential roles, Lewis offers a vivid introduction to Ridgway and shows how his work fundamentally influenced the direction of American and international ornithology.