Author David Sedaris has a very loyal fan base and an active Facebook timeline. Recently, he took to answering questions there – and here is the first batch he answered (in case you don’t want to sift through 5,000 comments on Facebook)
Q. Nikki Gorney: Am I wrong for thinking it’s a bit much that my co-worker is leaving early to tend to her sick guinea pig?
DS: I’ve never worked in an office, but it’s my understanding that on Fridays in the summer, anything goes.
Q. Katrina Donovan Fleming: Do you have a comedian who cracks you up as much as you crack the rest of us up?
DS: I don’t know that she calls herself a comedian, but I always laugh at Julie Klausner’s “How Was Your Week,” podcast. The “Super Ego” podcasts make me laugh as well.
Q. Paul Kellstedt: David, how do you feel about pontoon boats?
DS: I don’t trust them!
Q. Alex Demyanenko: How did you feel about the first film adaptation of your work?
DS: The movie (C.O.G) was made by Kyle Alvarez, who is young and bright and very talented. I saw it at Sundance last February and was not prepared for how disconcerting the experience would be. Someone yells, “David!” and on screen, an actor from Glee turns his head and says, “What?” Hold on, I found myself thinking, That’s Jesse Saint James. He used to date Rachel! My experience of watching C.O.G was different from everyone else’s, as the people on either side of me never walked through the apple orchard after a day of picking, or opened the door to the trailer I lived in. In that sense, I’m the only one on earth who can not watch the movie, or at least not watch it the way it’s meant to be watched. Hugh saw it, and thinks it great.
Q. Margaret Perkins Kaliski: Should I be frightened by the fact that my husband considers your father a role model?
DS: Not at all. My father has many good qualities. He’s disciplined, he doesn’t curse, and he’s quick to forgive.
Q. Netty Weibel-Ränger: How would you feel if you found out one of your closest friends had a tail and neglected to mention it to you?
DS: At first I’d be angry. Then I’d ask, very gently, if I could brush it out and braid it.
Q. Heidi Seals: How do you think a lady should eat corn on the cob?
DS: On a bench, with hobos.
Matt Rund: How do you feel about being part of my son’s HS required reading?
DS: I hate thinking that anyone might have to read something I’ve written. Having to write a paper about it makes me feel even worse.
Q. Kimberly Young: If you’re stuck at an airport, and there are no seats available at your gate, is it OK to sit on the floor?
DS: I wouldn’t do it, but perhaps that’s due to my age. If you’re twenty-five or under I suppose it’s okay.
Q. Teenie Matlock: Do characters from your younger days ever contact you, and that’s that like? What ever happened to Brandy?
DS: I heard that Brandy had a baby when she was 16, but I’m not sure of that’s true. I occasionally hear from people I’ve written about. A few weeks back in Raleigh one of the people I’d mentioned in Lets Explore Diabetes, a guy named Greg Saccas, came to the book store. Unfortunately I arrived a bit later than I’d planned, and he was gone by the time I got there. It would have been nice to see him, especially given that most of my family was there.
Q. Jessica Campbell: Hi David. Is your father still alive? He’s been a terrific topic in so many of your stories.
DS: My father is indeed alive. He’s 90 now.
Q. Christine McManus: Just finished your book Exploring Diabetes at 6 am this morning! Excellent, as usual. Why the title?
DS: It’s just something silly I came up with when signing a book one night.
Q. Alicia Priselac: Do you get recognized a lot while out in other cities on your tours?
DS: Very rarely. It usually only happens after I’ve gone on TV.
Q. Laura Allaway Tracy: You are by far our favorite author to listen to on road trips. We are headed out tomorrow am – any suggestions for something you’d like to listen to?
DS: I always suggest Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads- a collection of dramatic monologues delivered by outstanding actors and actresses. I find I can listen to these over and over and over again. If you don’t spend much time in the UK, some of the references might go over your head, but even if they do you’ll still get a lot out of them.
Q. Lauren Tetrick: What’s your favorite word or phrase? Least favorite?
DS: I don’t have a favorite, but there are lots of words and phrases that get on my nerves. Lately I hate it when you offer someone something and they turn it down saying, “I’m good.”
Yes, it’s true. I’d read his grocery list or his complaints about a sandwich. His sensibility makes me smile that inner smile.