It’s been a long day

It’s worth mentioning that this is my edit. Of the roughly eight million words handwritten or typed into my diary since September 5, 1977, I’m including only a small fraction. An entirely different book from the same source material could make me appear nothing but evil, selfish, generous, or even, dare I say, sensitive. On any given day I am all these things and more: stupid, cheerful, misanthropic, cruel, narrow-minded, open, petty—the list goes on and on…It wasn’t easy revisiting what are now 156 volumes of my diary.

I broke the job up—a month or two per day—but after reading about me, I’d have to spend the rest of the day being me. I don’t know that I’ve ever done anything quite so exhausting.

~ David Sedaris, in his Introduction to his new book “Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)” (Little, Brown and Company, May 30, 2017)



  1. Love his work

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  2. Me, too, funny as hell and always trenchant…

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  3. Trenchant…Lori’s perfect definitive
    Way cool…

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  4. Oh, I can SO relate to this post! I was a radio interviewer for 9 years, and have lately been contemplating resurrecting my show Alternative Currents. But listening to myself, oh! Gosh. I provide podcast links to those programs on my website, fine. It’s FINE with me if you listen to them, carry on, godspeed and all that. But to listen to myself – to attune to the Me that is preserved there in excruciating detail – exhausting, indeed! Whew! !!

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  5. Big fan of David Sedaris!

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  6. i love his hilarious honesty )

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  7. Ooo. Nice.

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  8. As a journaler, and someone who started crafting a book out of that ME-ness, I can relate to the exhaustion, and overload. It was so freeing to cart those journals to the dumpster instead.

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