There are many readers who enjoy living through the mind of the hilarious David Sedaris. In his latest collection of essays, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, Sedaris takes the reader on a journey throughout the world which include the major cities of Paris, London, Toyko, Beijing, Athens, Melbourne and U.S. cities New York, Chicago and his home state of North Carolina. Such a journey explores the writer’s personal life which he talks about in an interview posted by NPR on Wednesday.
In an interview with Terry Gross of “Fresh Air”, Sedaris explains the majority of his writing begins in a journal but not all of what he writes is shared in his publications. There are some things he does keep private because like everyone he feels there are two versions of who he is.
“There’s the you that you present to the world and there’s, you know, of course the real one and, if you’re lucky, there’s not a huge difference between those two people. And I guess in my diary I’m not afraid to be boring. It’s not my job to entertain anyone in my diary.”
That is part of what draws readers to Sedaris. He has a unique and sometimes strange view of the world which also showcases humanity in general. What sets him apart, perhaps, is his ability to give value to thought through humor. He speaks about the thoughts he writes down in his journals.
“Thoughts pass through your head, you know, like I’m sure perhaps you would walk down the hall one day, and you would see somebody and you would think, ‘God, I hope my hair never looks like that,’ but then five minutes later you might have a cheerful thought about this person, right, or a complimentary thought about this person.”
The progression of even the simplest thoughts is what Sedaris believes contribute to the complexity of this world which he translates through the written language of the mind. In Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, Sedaris also touches upon the relationship he had with his father who he “always acted against” and also takes the reader on a journey to England where he moved with his partner Hugh who he has been with a long time but hasn’t married.
Sedaris, in an interview with the Chicago Tribute, touched upon gay marriage and the reason he states in his book that he doesn’t have a desire to get married.
“I guess because i don’t believe in God, I don’t believe that God sanctioning my relationship would make it any more worthwhile, or improve it, or dignify it. The same is true for straight people. Besides, the good thing about being gay was always that you didn’t have a wedding.”
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls is now available for purchase.