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The crowds heaved their way to the Arlington last night for the annual visit of David Sedaris to the Four Seasons Biltmore, where he made a brief cameo at the Theater.
I want to say he talked more about the awesomeness that is the Biltmore than his writings, but I do know specifically that his story about his fear of competitive sports and his father's hyper-criticism of his failure to be sporty went on so long I actually nodded off, as did my theater companion.
I commented while in the queue to enter the Arlington that the audience looked like the types who are going out tonight only for Sedaris, but normally wouldn't go out at all. That's because Sedaris speaks to the quirky nature of social awkwardness within all of us. If that helps draw out the people who hide under rocks at night, this can be a good thing. I happen to really enjoy David Sedaris speaking. So much that I won't buy his books, I just like to hear him read the stories to me, whether that is on NPR, or in person at the Arlington.
As with previous speaking engagements, Sedaris' sign language interpretor stole the show with her innocent and enthusiastic gestures for assorted swears, sexual activities, and one of my favorites, going c-c-c-crazy (arms waving in the air). If you couldn't see Sedaris from your seat, you probably saw the sign language woman, and that was even better. There was a moment when Sedaris realized a book he wanted to talk about was left behind in the dressing room, and the woman walked off stage, returning a moment later with his bag holding the book. How sweet!
Sedaris read material from his latest book, starting off with the title story of "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk." It reminded me of Blur's "Good Song" video, which is also a cross-species romance gone wrong due to miscommunciation. I lack any photos of last night's show, so you get an unrelated music video instead. It does have a squirrel in it.
There was also funny diary entries read, funny jokes, funny audience Q & A, the usual good Sedaris evening. Drew Peacock? Chris Peacock? Ha! The only item that wasn't funny was that I was sitting near someone who had silent but deadly gas. Other than that, good times!