David Sedaris

What Is “Gay Voice”? New Documentary ‘Do I Sound Gay?’ Provides Plenty of Empowerment But Few Answers

Do I Sound Gay?, which opened the DOC NYC film festival Tuesday night and has since been picked up by Sundance Selects, is not a successful documentary in the traditional sense. Apart from superficial factors, like the insufferable repetition of its title, clunky humor, seemingly contrived footage, and some heavy-handed camera work, it forsakes the documentarian quest for answers — or even, simply, for depth — in favor of a neat, PSA-ish three-act narrative of empowerment. And yet, the ideas that surface in David Thorpe’s flawed documentary happen to be endlessly fascinating, and its message, which overwhelms the film, happens to be incredibly valuable. … Read More

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David Sedaris is Doing a Reddit AMA

David Sedaris, author of Me Talk Pretty One DayDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and most recently Let’s Explore Diabetes… Read More

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David Sedaris Discusses Being a Good Person in ‘On Leadership’ Podcast Series

Everyone’s favorite snarky humorist David Sedaris is featured in the second-ever installment of The Washington Post‘s “On Leadership” … Read More

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50 Essays Guaranteed to Make You a Better Person

It’s hard to be a person in the world today — or, really, any day, but today’s what we’ve got. Humans are striving creatures, and also empathetic ones, so most of us are always looking for an opportunity to improve ourselves, even in tiny, literary ways. We’ve already established that novels can make you a better person, but of course, novels also take you down a long winding road to get there. If you’re looking for a more direct shot to the heart, try an essay. After the jump, you’ll find 50 essays more or less guaranteed to make you a better person — or at least a better-read one — some recommended by notables of the literary and literary nonfiction world, some recommended by yours truly, incessant consumer of the written word. Don’t see the essay that changed your life? Please do add it to the list. … Read More

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David Sedaris, Mike Daisey, and the Problem With American Storytelling

When your career is telling true stories — not writing fiction — and somebody accuses you of lying, that’s got to be tough. When somebody combs over your work and finds evidence that this is, in fact, the case, that you and your publisher are misrepresenting your partially fabricated work as truth, big problems arise. It may highlight how the sad state that art of storytelling has become in America, that we need to fabricate stories — but sometimes, amid our denunciation of liars and frauds, we forget that fabrication has always been part of that art. … Read More

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‘Do I Sound Gay?’ a Documentary About “Gay Voice,” Is Asking for Funding on Kickstarter

Like a regional speech pattern, the origins of “gay voice” can be any  mix of early socialization, imitation and group mentality; “gay… Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week

Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, there’s great stuff from Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Julianne Moore, James Franco, Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Mark Ruffalo, Jonah Hill, Paul Giamatti, Clive Owen, Annette Bening, Nick Offerman, Isaiah Washington, Jonathan Groff, Steven Soderbergh, Olivier Assayas, David Sedaris, and more. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in September

As we’ve discussed, the joyful fall movie season is upon us, and it’s time for Hollywood to spend four months making like they’re not a factory for endless remakes and comic book sequels. But don’t let them break their arms patting themselves on the back; every month the independent distributors give us a steady stream of smart movies for adults, and they’re not backing off just because the big boys are joining in. Here’s a few indie flicks worth checking out this month. … Read More

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