I wish I had blogged this Tuesday night, there were a number of very funny quotes from the David Sedaris event in Charleston. Here are the ones I can remember several busy and tired days later, paraphrased as faithfully as I possibly can:
On James Frey:
I really don’t understand what all the fuss is about. He wrote a book about how he is an alcoholic fuck-up liar and then people are outraged that some of it wasn’t true. Well, he tried to warn you. What I really don’t understand is the self-righteousness. Why hold this first time memoirist to a high standard of truth but give the president a complete pass?
On France and their view of jobs:
The French really expect to have their jobs for life and don’t understand any system where you could get fired. Recently, a French woman said to me “Laboring for someone else when you know you could lose your job at any time, that’s just slavery.” Well, no, that would be putting people in shackles and forcing them to work for you for no pay. What you describe is just working.
From his diary:
The man introducing me at the event tonight had trouble reading his notes, and announced me as having gotten my start at the National Public Rodeo.