Friday, January 07, 2011

Sedaris - Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk - just not that funny!

I heard about this newest Sedaris piece on the Daily Show, and downloaded the audio book for a long trip.

Sedaris told Stewart on screen about "the squirrel and the chipmunk who ran out of things to talk about." Stewart and the audience laughed, and so did I; it was a chuckle-worthy premise.

However, Sedaris runs out of things to talk about as well. The novelty of animals acting like humans wears off pretty quick, and what's left is a series of dark, sometimes downright unpleasant stories. This book is certainly not suited for kids.

When I read "Me Talk Pretty One Day", I was laughing out loud at every sentence. Turns out that humans and their cultures are a much richer source of humor than critters.