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It’s been 25 years since Morning Edition listeners first met a very un-merry Christmas elf named Crumpet from “Santaland Diaries,” the. ‘Santaland Diaries’ contains six of David Sedaris’ most profound Christmas stories, from Dinah, the Christmas Whore to Season’s Greetings to our Friends and. David Sedaris was not always an award-winning writer and satirist. For two consecutive Christmases, he was elf at a New York department store. These are .

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Diafies were actually funny. She was unforgettable in her beautiful Taco costume. Those of you who grew up in a normal family don’t know what you missed. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I met her on the threshold of a Mexican restaurant. Dec 04, Daniel Parsons rated it it was ok Shelves: His voice adds so much to this already funny story.

Stories for Christmas by Augusten Burroughs for a better selection of seasonal related laughter I don’t usually seek out “humor” books, since many of them seem to take the business of being funny way too seriously.

BBC Radio 4 – David Sedaris: The Santaland Diaries

How can I be sad at all the signs of Christmas while I’m laughing my butt off with David Sedaris as an elf with me? At the time the author was reading the SantaLand Diaries on NPR; we would listen on our respective drives home from AULA and then rehash all the crazy stories and images the next day, sometimes laughing so hard that tears rolled down our cheeks. The stories in this book have all been previously published, so if you’re a fan of the author, they won’t be new to you.


It did have me laughing aloud a few times on the train. Unfortunately, in regard to this book, my high expectations were not totally met. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Get to Know Us. It’s been 25 years since Morning Edition listeners first met a very un-merry Christmas elf named Crumpet from “Santaland Diaries,” the somewhat fanciful story of David Sedaris’ time working as a Macy’s department store elf. After all, this is a man who’s been called “one of the funniest writers alive.

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A Holiday Tradition: David Sedaris Reads ‘Santaland Diaries’

Funny and poignant, both voices combine into a reading experience like none other. Write a customer review.

I gave leaflets on the streets dressed like a french fry. You can see the satirical voice Sedaris is aiming for, but for me it just wasn’t quite clever enough, or diarifs enough, to pull of the rather mean things he says.

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His offering was just too over the top. Retrieved from ” https: This story had me rolling on the floor it was so funny. Sedaris is meant to be heard, and I can hear his voice reading these short stories as I read them. Best sedzris listen to it read by Sedaris himself, he reads his work SO well! Christmas Eve I wish this book had been longer! Ira Glass, who produced it for Morning Edition, knew when he recorded it that it was special. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.


Holidays on Ice Paperback. It won’t blow you away, but it definitely shows promise in his writing ability that we see in his later works. The first story about being an elf is Macy’s was perhaps the best, most sardonic and darkly humorous.

Dec 24, Manik Sukoco rated it really liked it.

Santaland Diaries – This American Life

This is the first David Sedaris book I’ve read, but I plan to read more. The final story ‘Christmas is for Giving’ sajtaland the other high ish point in the collection, taking rich middle-class American ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ to its logical and surrealist extreme. Trivia About SantaLand Diaries.

Refresh and try again. Forget reading blah stuff like The Night before Christmas as your holiday classic! His name was Olympus.

SantaLand Diaries

Text alone would get 3 or 4 stars, but the audio get s 7 stars on a 5 star scale. My introduction to Sedaris was via my great friend, Craig. Really, tell me more. Although it’s ssedaris in theory to hear an author read his own words, Sedaris’s voice sounds the way crickets smell. Sep 19, Gwen rated it it was amazing.

The Monster Mash just didn’t click with me, but the SantaLand Diaries was worth the price of the book. I liked the first two stories, and had a great time reading them. Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris