‘Calypso’ by David Sedaris

If you’ve ever laughed your way through David Sedaris’s cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you’re getting with “Calypso.” You’d be wrong.

When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the “Sea Section”, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it’s impossible to take a vacation from yourself.

With “Calypso,” Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny–it’s a book that can make you laugh ’til you snort, the way only family can. His powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.

This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. “Calypso” is simultaneously Sedaris’s darkest and warmest book yet–and it just might be his very best.

Website: www.davidsedarisbooks.com

 

Books

“Barrel Fever”

“Holidays on Ice”

“Naked”

“Me Talk Pretty One Day”

“Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim”

“When You are Engulfed in Flames”

“Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls”

Sponsor message:

Learn more about David Sedaris.

Sponsor message:

Arizona Horizon election debates 2022: Republican candidates for Congressional District 6

Election 2022: Republican candidates for Congressional District 6

Republican candidates hoping to represent Arizona's sixth congressional district debate the issues with Ted Simons moderating.

American Masters: "Joe Papp in Five Acts"

Joe Papp, founder of Free Shakespeare in the Park, created a "theater of inclusion" based on the belief that great art is for everyone.

National Memorial Day Concert

An audience member stands for the national anthem at a previous broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert.

For over three decades, the National Memorial Day Concert has brought us together as one family of Americans to pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.