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Film, "C.O.G.": A David Sedaris Story Makes the Leap to Film, With Mixed Results

"C.O.G.": A David Sedaris Story Makes the Leap to Film, With Mixed Results

It's funny how we still tend to think that published prose somehow isn't enough, that a story isn't fully realized until it's been made into a movie. And so the first thing you'll hear about C.O.G. is that it's from…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pretty Talk 
in the Opera House

Pretty Talk 
in the Opera House

David Sedaris has done a lot to keep people interested in reading humor and memoir for the better part of two decades. But in order to fill a large venue that’s typically home to something a bit more operatic, he…
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Calendar, Night&Day Elf You!

Elf You!

The holidays are busy and stressful times, and we often take for granted the real people responsible for making the holidays happen: those in the service or retail industry. We brush past their feeble attempts to sample us expensive perfumes…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Tells the Whole Truth About a Visit to Rock Bar

Bouncer Tells the Whole Truth About a Visit to Rock Bar

In the wake of the Mike Daisey kerfuffle — the monologist who admitted to taking some serious literary license in his one-man show about Apple — "truth" has again found itself re-examined. Daisey seems to think that he is a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Department Store Depression

Department Store Depression

A 33-year-old man applies for a job as an elf at Macy’s for the holidays. He gets the job and becomes “Crumpet.” Into his diary he logs the lowlights of his eight-hour shifts: 22,000 daily visitors, multiple accidents on Santa’s…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Five Great Summer Books (and What to Drink While Reading Them)

Five Great Summer Books (and What to Drink While Reading Them)

Having a summer reading list just as much a part of summer as slurping some coconut water to cure the hangover from last night's ill-advised pina colada party (or maybe that's just us). Lucky for us, there's still plenty of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Web of Absurdity

Web of Absurdity

Consider the spider. Now, we’re not among those people who have nightmares about spiders. We’re okay with the little critters. But we also don’t hold them up as miraculous and sacred. Which is another way of saying, we don’t really…
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Calendar, Night&Day Elfin Magic

Elfin Magic

Before comedic scribe David Sedaris engulfed himself in metaphoric, self-deprecating flames and became a cult hero, he wrote an essay that speaks to the jaded feelings of those who walk the tinseled streets of the modern-day December. Santaland Diaries is…
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Calendar, Night&Day True to the Man

True to the Man

"Which one of you is a drinking man?" is the best line in Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory. As presented by the Word for Word theater company, Capote's short story concerns a 7-year-old boy and his best friend, Sook, graying…
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Calendar, Night&Day What's in <i>Your</i> Diary?

What's in Your Diary?

David Sedaris' writing seldom stays on topic. Thus, The Santaland Diaries is indeed about the pain of a grown man working as a department store elf — a pain sharpened by the protagonist's shattered dreams of getting off the train…
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Music, The LOL Year in Review

The LOL Year in Review

Just check out any newsstand right now and you'll see that 'tis the season — for year-in-review issues. While the annual lookback is an all-too-familiar format, we must confess we love it. We know you're not supposed to admit that…
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Calendar, Night&Day Merry Fucking Christmas

Merry Fucking Christmas

San Francisco delights in the observation of anti-holidays -- the burning of love letters on Valentine’s Day, the allocution of Native American maltreatment on Thanksgiving, and, most especially and gleefully, the abject humiliation of Crumpet the Elf at Christmastime. Since…
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Calendar, Night&Day His So-Called Life

His So-Called Life

Memoirs about quitting smoking haven’t lit up like ones about drugs or stripping or working at Vogue, and let’s hope our luck holds: The last thing we need at the gasping end of the memoir era is some hotshot igniting…
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Music, All Shook Down David Sedaris Visits SF in Oct.

David Sedaris Visits SF in Oct.

Someone once said that the best writers will totally sell their loved ones out. David Sedaris has done just that. His works abound with intricate detail of his life -- such as dealing with his homosexuality throughout an awkward…
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Dining, SFoodie

David Sedaris Delivers A Pizza

The NPR listeners and book readers will appreciate this: Comedy troupe Weak Nights wondered what it would be like to have your pizza delivered by humorist David Sedaris. As it turns out, not as fun as you might think.…
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Calendar, Night&Day

David Sedaris: Grinch?

Forget the nutcrackers, the miracles on 42nd Street, and other seasonal boilerplates. Instead, celebrate some good old-fashioned holiday angst. David Sedaris's The SantaLand Diaries and Season's Greetings dispense with the Christmas niceties and hit a little closer to home, commenting…
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Calendar, Night&Day Orlando Bloom, Eat Your Heart Out

Orlando Bloom, Eat Your Heart Out

Before David Sedaris rose to prominence as a humor essayist and radio contributor, he held down a number of odd jobs in Raleigh, Chicago, and New York. Perhaps the weirdest of these was in the Windy City, where he was…
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Culture, Stagecap

Like a Dog on Linoleum

Solo performances often teeter on the uncomfortable edge between tiresome personal confessional and manic multiple personality disorder, but Leslie Jordan transcends the genre by bringing a performance to the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre that is hysterical, poignant, and, dare I say,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Megabeth

Megabeth

My first memory of what I like to call the Beth Lisick Experience: I walk into the Make-Out Room, and it's packed, and I can't hear what the person onstage is saying because everyone's laughing so hard. Finally, the audience…
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Calendar, Night&Day

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, December 15, 2004 Though modern Americans assign scant importance to the substance of their dreams, numerous cultures consider the movies our minds create while we sleep to be a method of traveling in the spirit world to commune with…
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