lovely evening here in fayetteville, arkansas... david sedaris graced the stage at the walton arts center tonight and most definitely made my day. his presentation was utterly hilarious - as it was last year - and i was really pleased to see that when he read some rather racy bits, the high-brow people in the audience found humor in it, laughed at it instead of tut-tut-tutting it... twas positively delightful. i just kept wondering - having noticed a few red-cheeked teenagerish-looking folk in the audience - if parents covered their children's ears when mr. sedaris said 'fuckie-fuck,' 'shit,' and 'cocksucker' repeatedly... complete with a description of a 1970's animal porn magazine that his sister had picked up somewhere... i kept thinking to myself: how would i have reacted - at, say, 13 - if i'd heard an extremely humorous recounting of animal porn? would i have been horrified... wait... i would have been 13, right? so i would have probably pissed my pants from laughing uncontrollably and then i would have tried [and failed] to recount it the following day: '... look at all of the mud on the carpet... that's the number one reason not to blow a horse in your bedroom...'
aside from the funny, i was really excited by the fact that david sedaris has published a new book, children playing before a statue of hercules, an anthology of mr. sedaris' favorite short stories; the most wonderful part - aside from a collection of great literature - is that the proceeds of the book go to benefit 826 national, an organization that helps teach 8-18-year-olds to write... even better, 826 valencia is fronted by a pirate supply store and 826 nyc is fronted by a super hero supply store... so, not only are these kiddies getting the chance of a lifetime - getting to have a writing workshop with pulitzer prize winners and such - but they can outfit their own gang of superheroes and pirates at the same time... woo.