02 September 2011

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary is a collection of short stories about anthropomorphic animals.  It was a highly amusing read, rather on the short side, but this made it all the more enjoyable - I was able to fly through the stories, chuckling at both them and at the illustrations within the book.

Each story told, in essence, a story about people - sometimes eccentric people, and sometimes people that you feel like you know.  Classic archetypes, as it were, or perhaps just universally annoying characters.  However, Sedaris has replaced the people in the story with animals - sometimes with an animal that reinforces the nature of the character, but just as often with one that has no bearing, really.  Sometimes he even seems to play against type in choosing the animal.

Reading this book I was struck by the wit and playfulness of Sedaris’s prose, and I have added a few more of his books to my “to read” list.  I will hopefully have more to share soon.

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Books: The above.  Working on The Genius Factory still.

Bottles: Nothing new lately.

Writing: Finished a new first chapter.  I like it for the most part, but it'll still need tweaking.

Guitar: Working on "Young Lust" and also "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2."