Friday, June 06, 2008

Sedaris: The 'preeminent humorist of his generation'

Humoris David Sedaris, who grew up in Raleigh, has released a new collection of essays, When You Are Engulfed in Flames.

Entertainment Weekly's Whitney Pastorek calls Sedaris the "preeminent humorist of his generation," though Pastorek is not overly complimentary of this latest collection.

Sedaris "seems awfully close to exhausting his material. ... By now, we're plenty familiar with Sedaris' family and long-suffering partner, Hugh, as well as his continuing inability to understand French despite having lived in Paris for a decade. Flames doesn't bring a lot more to the table, though we do learn Sedaris has no better linguistic luck with Japanese. ..."

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