Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0005177, Wed, 14 Jun 2000 13:53:04 -0700

David Sedaris
From: Mark Bennett <mab@straussandasher.com>

If this is a representative example of Mr. Sedaris' humor, I'll pass.

** David Sedaris, who is often heard on NPR, is less of a "humorist," it
seems to me, than a cultural parodist. His parodies are often quite
dark as well as blunt, and probably uncomfortable to some. He does not
really spare any cultural "icons," including little children -- as is
evident in his oft-broadcast story of playing a Santa Claus in a
department store during a Christmas season. This particular story, I
have to admit, makes me too plenty uneasy. GD***

From: Neil Spence <NSpence@2roam.com>

In his latest book of humorous essays, _Me Talk Pretty One Day_, writer
David Sedaris makes a reference to VN. In a piece called _The Late Show_,
Sedaris relates several "epic daydreams" he makes up for himself while
trying to fall asleep. In one of these scenarios, "I've Got a Secret",
Sedaris is "a pretty, slightly chubby White House intern who's had a brief
affair with the president of the United States." (S)he refuses to talk to
reporters or to testify at hearings, and is sent to prison. "After prison I
publish a novel under an assumed name. The book is _Lolita_ word for word,
and I'm allowed to write it because, under the conditions of the fantasy,
Vladimir Nabokov never existed. Because it is so magnificent, my book
creates a huge stir. Reporters go hunting for the author; when they discover
it's me, I think, Goddamnit, can't you people find anything better to do? I
now have a reputation as both a dignified enigma and a genius, but I don't
want people reading _Lolita_ because I wrote it. My masterpiece is demeaned
by their pointless search for a hidden autobiographical subtext, so I give
up writing, live off the money I've made from careful stock investments, and
quietly spend the rest of my life sleeping with professional football

Neil Spence
San Francisco