Tuesday, May 08, 2012


I went to see David Sedaris speak tonight. It was in the opera house at BAM. I got a good deal from my local book store and invited a good friend to share the night. As I like to do, we sat early and chatted while the theatre filled up.

While we lounged there I looked at the stage and had a little dream.

How wonderful must it feel as a writer to walk out onto this stage? It's huge, built to house the menagerie of Aida, but tonight there's just a podium for your papers, a stool for your water glass, and a monitor on the floor so you can hear yourself. When you get yourself organized you look out and the seats are full. Every one of the hundreds of seats holds an expectant face atop a warm body. And it's the second night of this bounty

Yeah, as a writer, as a performer, as....me, that would feel quite lovely.


  1. David Sedaris live and in person is one of my all time favorite things I've ever seen. Ever.

    and while I dont describe or identify myself as an actor anymore (on account of I don't DO it anymore) I would love that. I would love to be able to read my writing to sold out houses like that. Pretty stinkin cool, that guy.

  2. I saw Spalding Gray (Swimming to Cambodia) in a tiny theater - totally different guy, yet a similar totally awesome miracle. Seems to me there are more opportunities to test drive this sort of thing nowadays. And if there are not, we are going to need to make some. Start your engines.

  3. Ain't that the truth?!? I had a short ten-minute play read aloud by a local theatre company this past Sunday night- does that count??

  4. sounds awesome. and explains why there were piles of folks coming out as I went in for my 9:30 movie? Damsels in Distress ... drove me nuts but I loved it too.