So A Chipmunk And A Squirrel Walk Into A Bar - By David Sedaris - No Artist - This American Life S
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David Sedaris is a writer, humorist and regular contributor to public radio's This American Life. Anne Fishbein hide caption. David Sedaris isn't out to teach anybody any life lessons. So sure, his latest collection, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, uses self-aggrandizing mice and gullible storks to explore some very human foibles and failings. In contrast to classic animal fables like Aesop's "The Tortoise and the Hare," there are few identifiably good characters in Sedaris' stories.
Several of The Levellers - Belaruse tales were inspired by the unbecoming behavior of others. In "The Sick Rat and the Healthy Rat," a healthy lab rat belittles her dying neighbor by claiming that he brought the illness on himself with his "hatefulness and negative energy. The inspiration? People Sedaris knew, suggesting that certain sick people deserved what they got.
Instead of doing what I would normally do. Which is just condemn them. More overtly, one of the many flawed creatures in Sedaris' bestiary sends up a bully of a security guard he encountered at an airport security check.
So you can just cut right to the chase. While you might think that at least a story or three in the collection might bring itself to a sunny close, So A Chipmunk And A Squirrel Walk Into A Bar - By David Sedaris - No Artist - This American Life S that this is David Sedaris.
And remember, too, the realities of the tradition he's working in. So these are pretty violent. If these were stories about people, I could understand somebody saying, 'Oh, the violence is over the top.
Said a fight broke out between two possums, and one gal, the wife of one or the other, got pushed onto a stump and knocked out four teeth. And they were pretty ones too, none of this yellowness you find on most things that eat trash. The cat shuddered.
That type of thing. Always have. Not like some of them around here. Couple of marsh rabbits got married — you probably heard about it. And all the while they had this squirrel off to the side, plucking at a harp, I think Play With Fire - Calvin Russell - Le Voyageur - Live ! was. Just clawed at those strings, almost like she was mad at them.
The baboon nodded and smiled, the way one must in the service industry. Whatever she said, the cat disagreed with, and unless she found a patch of common ground she was sure to lose her tip. Simply cannot stand them. Why, I lick mine at least five times a day. The collie, the German shepherd, the spaniel mix she claimed to have turned away: they were all good friends of hers, and faithful clients, but what would it hurt to pretend otherwise and cross that fine line between licking ass and simply kissing it?
Excerpted by permission of Little, Brown and Co. Your purchase helps support NPR programming. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio Coração Tambor (Intro) - Ian Pooley - Since Then. Don't Tell Me! NPR Shop. David Sedaris, Anatomizing Us In 'Squirrel' Tales The humorist, who made his name with personal essays and other nonfiction, tells Steve Inskeep that his return to fiction kept taking him to surprising places.
But the unhappy endings? Those he could have predicted. Author Interviews. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. September 28, AM ET. Heard on Morning Edition. Enlarge this image. Anne Fishbein. Excerpt: 'Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk'. September 21, AM ET. David Sedaris. Ian Falconer. Books Featured In This Story. Amazon Independent Booksellers.
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