Friday, March 23, 2007

David Sedaris - Naked

The pick last night was Naked by David Sedaris.
Laura, Mark, Danielle, Annalise and I atteneded.

I couldn't find any discussion questions so I made a few up:

  • How would you feel if you were one of Sedaris's siblings, and were the subject of one of his stories? Would you feel violated at all?

  • Do you believe that the stories are all true? How would you feel if you were told that they were largely fabrications?

  • Describe David Sedaris the person in three words.

  • Does Sedaris ever truly attack anyone? Think of Jon in "C.O.D.", Dupont in "Something for everyone", T.W. (the drunk truck driver) in "Planet of the Apes", does Sedaris attack them?

  • How big a part of Sedaris's humour is his homosexuality? Does it provide him a special view of the world which makes him funny? Does it provide him his basic material?

  • Compare Sedaris's portrayal of his mother vs. his father.

And, if you're doing this book, try to find an article by Alex Heard called "This American Lie." It appeared in the March 19, 2007 "New Republic".
Heard goes out and tries to find out how much is actually true in Naked. Sedaris himself freely admits that he "expands" a lot of the events and dialogue to make them funny.

Quick rundown of books

We haven't been updating this blog at all, but here's a list of the books we've done over the last while, to the best of my memory.

  • Claire - Roy Macgregor - Canoe Lake

  • Claire - Russell Martin - Picasso's War

  • Laura - Arundhati Roy - God of Small Things

  • Annalise - Sylvia Townsend Warner - Mr. Fortune's Maggot

  • Mark - Cory Doctorow - Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

  • Mark - Yukio Mishima - Spring Snow

  • Jeff - Graham Greene - Graham Greene

  • Danielle - Sarah Waters - Fingersmith

  • Cindy - Barbara Gowdy - The White Bone

  • Chris - David Mitchell - Number9dream

  • Annalise - Jose Saramago - Blindness

  • Danielle - Miriam Toews - A Complicated Kindness