in which I confuse David Foster Wallace with Dave Eggers

You may well remember that during my Wellfleet vacation, last year, I came upon and actually read A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius. I say actually read as I am not a reader. This is a fact that I am ashamed to admit - though I have gotten better since I went back to work. I have been unable to slow my mind to read books since...well, I think it dates to when I began building my internet world. A cliche, I know, but at least I'm honest.
ANYWAY.
After we met with the pulmonary doctor the other day (oh, so complicated) Youngest and I went to the bookstore to pick up some summer reading materials. Youngest got a slim, expensive volume on manga art, I got a cookbook for K, some magazines for Oldest and a survival manual for Middle. For myself? Well, I couldn't remember the title of the book that so many bloggers are pledging to read this summer. I had the vague knowledge that the book was a couple of years old, that it was complicated and that I was familiar with the author. I approached a sales associate and began to make enquiries along those lines.
Now that I'm home and have done some research I see that this is the book I've read about.
Yet, this is the book I purchased.
Looking back, I think the first book may be too complex for me, a lackadaisical reader, to tackle on a beach vacation. Though this may be an excuse for wanting to read another Dave Eggers book. Not that one needs an excuse to read a Dave Eggers, or any other, book.
I picked up a David Sedaris book too - just for good measure.
I've found, in a pinch, one can always do terribly entertaining readings from David Sedaris books whilst lounging at beach houses.
And now, suddenly, I realize that I am, in fact, a reader of books.
As long as they are written by men named David.

Comments

smalltownmom said…
David Sedaris got me through hours of waiting at the airport.
Paula said…
I heart David Sedaris.
Scot said…
Like all his other books, I totally enjoyed When You Are Engulfed in Flames. You should have just grabbed that one in the first place. His best is still Me Talk Pretty One Day - laugh out loud reading.

Caution: my secret word is drown.
Badger said…
I am the only person in the world who does not find David Sedaris laugh-out-loud funny. Clearly I am lacking the necessary gene and/or synapse connection. Or maybe I'm just weird.

I like books written by guys named Jim and Jonathan and Chuck, if my bookshelves are any indication.
Sinda said…
Badger, I might have to stage an intervention for you. There'll be cocktails, though, I promise!

BB, you might also enjoy David Lebovitz, who writes about ice cream & chocolate. Or maybe K could read and cook and you could taste. Anyway - enjoy the Cape!
At least you know what you like--and these guys ARE perfectly suited for beach house reading.
Anonymous said…
The last line was the clincher.

My husband read Infinite Jest years ago (1997!) on a trip to India and really wants me to read it still. I have tried, but cannot get into it.

jbhat
The Coffee Lady said…
you should try David Gaffney then. His stories are only a few words long.
tut-tut said…
I heart Wellfleet.

I don't find David Sedaris funny, either, though L does.

I'm trying to read Zola this summer. Nana remains unopened, though.
Tutta la Storia said…
I HEART A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius!
Heggie said…
de-lurking to thank-you for your comment "unable to slow my mind to read books".

Until a few years ago I was an avid reader. Then life became crowded and the reading stopped. I have been attempting to get my reading mojo back and your comment made me stop and think.

Instead of trying to "squeeze" in reading time I am going to set aside a place and time to enjoy reading and make the effort to slow my mind in preparation.