David Sedaris and His Works
My essay is of Naked. It is about David Sedaris’s early life, his hopes to one day be rich and famous. Later the reader discovers that David Sedaris’ family is basically middle class A Plague of Tics This essay describes David Sedaris’ obsessive-compulsive and Tourettic tendencies as a child.
The tendencies included likes of licking light switches and kissing newspapers. He frequently gets into trouble with his teachers as a result. Later he gives up these tendencies when he takes up smoking in college. Get Your Ya-Ya’s Out!
This essay is an account of narrator’s elderly grandmother, known as Ya-Ya. Ya-Ya is forced to live with his family, resulting in painful experience for all. Eventually drandma is put into a low grade nursing home. And when Ya-Ya dies only his father seems to mourn.
Next is Kin that is about a literary pornography book David Sedaris finds when he is a child. He and his siblings pass it down to one another. The book is eventually confiscated by his parents, who in turn reads it.
Another story, Cyclops, is named after a boy named Cyclops whom David Sedaris’ father allegedly accidentally blinded in one eye. It essay centers on cautionary tales passed down among his family members.
The Women’s Open – is an account of David Sedaris’ sister’s first menstruation, which takes place at her golf championship.
True Detective is about David Sedaris’ interest in detective shows such as The Fugitive. The author also describes his exploits as an amateur detective.
Dix Hill is a recollection of David Sedaris’ first job at a mental institution named Dix Hill. The residents at this institution range from violent to submissive.
I Like Guys is based on the author’s discovery of his homosexual nature. David Sedaris discovers that he is gay when at a summer camp in Greece in his teens, where he develops a crush on another young male there. The Drama Bug After is an actor’s classroom visit introduces him to Shakespeare, Sedaris attempts acting. The author finds that the florid Elizabethan language appeals to him, and uses it in regular conversation.
Dinah is the Christmas Whore Sedaris details his job at a cafeteria. One night, very strange phone call sends David and his sister Lisa on a mission to extract Lisa’s coworker from a domestic disturbance. Planet of the Apes by Sedaris recalls his experiences of hitchhiking, beginning with his first time after seeing the film Planet of the Apes.
The Incomplete Quad is a recount of the author taking a job living in a college dormitory for handicapped students. The author befriends a quadriplegic female student.
The two go on is about a cross-country trip, conning their way as a newlywed husband and wife in need of medical treatment. Child of God, in which, David Sedaris–after much hitch hiking–lands a job cutting stone into clocks shaped like the state of Oregon.
The two travel and sell their stones at local craft fairs. The man David works with introduces himself as a Child of God and is somewhat of a missionary with a split personality. Something for Everyone.