Rating – 4 stars
Date Finished – June 13, 2017
50/120 in 2017
David Sedaris’ Theft By Finding was a pleasure to read from start to finish, and it made me mourn the loss of every mundane but interesting thing that’s ever happened to me – what a shame that I didn’t write it all down!
Sedaris is, as always, a sharp writer whose observations offer a unique way of seeing the world. His collection of diary entries in this book range from odd encounters to major events (presidential elections, 9/11) and everything in between. Interestingly, it’s sometimes what he’s not mentioning (the word “gay,” AIDS, his drinking) that is the most telling, and it’s really interesting to see his evolution through these years of diary entries. His first impressions of important people like his longtime partner Hugh Hamrick are endearing (“Hugh is handsome, a nice guy. Gay.”), and there are a few real gems about pop culture – “I had to sit through another endless preview for Titanic. Who do they think is going to see that movie?”
All that said, if you’re not already a fan of David Sedaris – this probably isn’t the book for you. I’m a big fan of his particular brand of observational writing, but if that’s not your thing, this would be pretty dull. I recommend reading (or listening) a little bit at a time – there is no harm in skipping around.