Themes and Variations

Themes and Variations

In this Kindle-exclusive essay, international bestselling humor writer David Sedaris shares the rewards of a book tour and his devoted readers’ worst-kept secrets.

Dismissed by a bored author at a book signing, a betrayed young man named David Sedaris made a vow. Someday, when it was his turn at the table, he’d connect with his readers. The experience has been even more revealing than he’d hoped.

In this hilarious and perceptive essay, the celebrated humorist reflects on the unusual patterns of forced socialization between author and audience, and the obligations and sometimes surprising returns of not-so-chance encounters with strangers: jokes, secrets, insights, and even charity.

Title:Themes and Variations
Edition Language:English
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    Themes and Variations Reviews

  • Julie Ehlers

    This essay was only about 15 pages long but the ratio of genuine laughs to pages was very high....

  • Leslie

    When Amazon emails you at 12:01 am to say that David Sedaris has something new out, you one click buy it. Even if it’s 1.99 for 17 pages. I don’t make the rules. This was short and snarky and felt...

  • Sam Quixote

    Themes and Variations is an Amazon Original Stories nonfiction essay by the delightful David Sedaris about his book tours. And, like a lot of Sedaris’ essays, this one is quite amusing. His tours ea...

  • David Schaafsma

    I've listened to this 17 page new story by Sedaris twice so far and have laughed several times. You can get it for $1.99 but if you do, you have to get the audible version of him reading it himself. H...

  • Chavelli Sulikowska

    This was exactly the sort of book I needed to read when I read it. Short, funny and contemporary. After a few heavy classics, the stresses of covid-19 lock down and a debilitating ankle injury I neede...

  • Anne

    A fun little taste of Sedaris at his best; hilarious mixed with the bizarre. Just wish it had been longer. Now I finally understand why he always has long and fruitful discussions with his audiences a...

  • Carol (Bookaria)

    Always entertaining and funny. ...

  • Kasa Cotugno

    David Sedaris opens with his experience standing in line waiting for a author to sign a book, just to be in front of an admired person even if just for a second, and the betrayal he felt when given sh...

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    Only 18 pages long, but still full of funny stories of women taking their bras off in busses, and men shoving things in their behind....

  • Heidi Kirsch

    When is he not funny and a lot naughty? Too short though ...