Theft by Finding
David Sedaris, Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977- 2002, (New York: Little, Brown and Company), 2017.
There have been a couple of times when I've thought that it might be a fun thing to go through my old journal posts, edit them, and put them into a book. There are, however, a few big differences between me and David Sedaris. First of all, he actually did it. He went through his diaries and selected which entries to include. Then he went through the time-consuming and difficult task of editing them and making them into a book. But those aren't the only differences. He has a higher percentage of entries that are worth saving. And, even more importantly, his entries are funny - really funny.
Like much of the other published works by David Sedaris this book is fun to read even though his life and experiences are very different from my own. Gaining a glimpse into his world is entertaining and fascinating. He is an interesting person and his stories have a universal appeal. This, quite simply, is another winner by David Sedaris.
As for me? My journal entries probably will have to stand as they are. It doesn't seem likely that there will be a book anytime soon.