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  1. Shantel Shaw says:

    I’m still confused about what I am putting down in this chat.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      This is the homework post… just stay in tonight’s chat please.

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  2. my notes on David Sedaris:

    I have an issue with reading. It takes more than a few times for me to read a book to fully understand what I’m reading in front of me. Although David Sedaris is very detailed he’s not a simple writer and his writings are not simple so it was challenging for me to understand but what I got from his book is … He has a husband who likes owls and I think David himself likes throats? I think it’s funny how he’s been referred to as Ms. Sedaris. I kind of thought his voice was soft like a woman myself! What I like is how he writes about his personal life or stories from his child hood like when some kid called his mom the B**** word. I also get that he wants his father to like him and he’s jealous of Greg. His father was never really proud of him and he kept trying to impress him. I thought it was also funny when he said, “everything you touch turns into crap!” or when his father said “your just a big fat ZERO!” my father is like this and its hard at time frustrating but you have this sense of trying to prove people wrong.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Thanks for sharing these notes, Victor.

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  3. Shantel Shaw says:

    oh got it thank you!

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  4. mikemadigan says:

    What was your favorite of the four essays, and why?

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  5. mikemadigan says:

    Please stay in the post for tonight’s meeting, please.

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    1. I can’t say which ones my favorite out of the 4 because the Dentist essay was pretty funny but every essay he has is funny. I think my favorite actually is the one where he talks about his dad. Not sure which that one was because I’m listening to the audio book.

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Dentists is a great one, for sure.

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    2. My favorite reading so far was the Attaboy – so much to think about!

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  6. jakesilva753 says:

    Notes for ‘Let Discuss Diabetes with Owls’ :
    Pre-read :
    Is there going to be actual discussion about diabetes ? Do owls get diabetes? Why does Sedaris title the book the way he did ? How will he use comedy in darker topics?
    Dentist without borders:
    Hard introduction to Sedaris comedic strategies; sarcastic, witty, dark
    Attaboy:
    Favorite of the four, talks about childhood trauma and turns the dark situation lighter by bringing a sense of comedic relief, favorite quote “I don’t know how these couples do it … in my house, our parents put us to bed with two simple words ‘shut up’ ” hard relate there lol.
    Third chapter didn’t really captivate me like the others.
    Memory Laps : Talks a lot about childhood, parental approval, broken dreams; very deep and personal and makes readers feel safe and able to relate. Favorite quote “it’s not my fathers approval that troubles me but my childlike hope that maybe this time will last”

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  7. Gianina Mencarini says:

    My favorite out of the four essays were Memory Laps. I really did feel the anger that he was feeling and could relate to it. Maybe it’s because I’m not that far from his age in that essay but waiting your parents to be proud is such a big deal as kids to matter the age. Also, when you’re a kid and your parents talk about how great someone else’s kid is, you try to be them or dislike that kid because of it. It kind of makes you feel bad about yourself, like you’re not good enough for your parents. And at such a young like that, it can really damage a kid. I think it did damage Sedaris because he would still try to be good enough for his dad and then it kind of put a barrier in their relationship, yet he used that as an advantage for his writing and saw the turned the negative into a positive.

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  8. adrianv7272 says:

    A Friend In the Ghetto
    – “his voice had snakes in it. And dysentery and mangoes” pg 43 Shows how we can classify someone by the way they talk. – Talks of being on the phone with a man trying to sell him a phone an experience I would just hang up the phone,Sedaris carries on the conversation, shows us to be open to thing that make us uncomfortable.
    -“You need people like that in your life so you can feel better about yourself,” pg 45 Having friends or acquaintances that are in worse situations then you helps your situation seem less.
    – We need to start taking care of our elderly better, things have changed.
    – There is a different sense of the struggle when being truly poor

    Loggerheads
    -“As gentle as a cow she was”pg58 a simile he uses to give us better details on the nature of a turtle.
    -“It allowed you to think you and this creature had a special relationship, a juvenile thought but one that brings indefinite comfort”pg59. This made me want to get outside and explore.
    -“Childhood for him, seemed something to be endured”pg60. It was like that for me I was in a rush to grow up and start my own life.
    -“The thought that a non-human being had physical feelings, let alone the wherewithal to lose hope was outlandish and alien” Pg 63-64 Times have changed and we see animals as almost people now, well the ones who care about them at least.
    -People hold on to secrets sometimes because the truth is to painful to share.

    If I Ruled The World
    -SATIRE
    -Sheds light on subjects tough subjects with humor

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  9. niannavalle says:

    A Friend in the Ghetto
    -He sees both these people as inferior
    -Acts like what he is doing is going to save the world
    -Backwards thinking
    -Uses people for personal gain
    -Made me uncomfortable quickly
    -Very negative
    -Does Not speak positively about the other people

    Loggerheads
    -Hawaii is beautiful
    -Rocky beaches are not fun
    -A turtle swam into me in st thomas, they’re very clumsy and not spatially aware
    -I want to see a monkey
    -Happy to see a working mom
    -Why would they touch the turtles?
    -Were the times that different that they were this ignorant?
    -Not everything eats raw meat, why would he not try something else
    -My parents would not have let this happen, especially the smell
    -Disgusting

    If I Ruled the World
    -Dont push religion
    -Sedaris is super religious?
    -I think this is disrespectful
    -Trans is beautiful and just as okay as cis people, no right to judge
    -This is like a republican manifesto
    -The shade from the name drops
    -Jesus is about forgiveness, acceptance, redemption, I don’t think he would have a never ending fury

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  10. Daniel Bagley says:

    A Friend in the ghetto:
    1. The opening seems out of place for this story about poverty
    2. This essay moves much slower than other essays I have read by Sedaris.
    3. The message didn’t hit me and honestly if the essay didn’t spoon feed it to me i wouldn’t have gotten it myself.
    4. I can partly relate to this story as i dated a black girl who lived in poverty and things were had on here as she lived on food stamps and welfare.
    5. Definitely not Sedaris funniest essay .

    Loggerheads:
    1. The title doesn’t have much connection to the story besides the name of a turtle.
    2. The comedy seems out of left field and doesn’t work in a written format. If it was standout the sex part would have been way funnier.
    3. The story beats i feel dont really connect from a turtle in Hawaii to dead pet turtles starving to to a friend with a dead alcoholic father doesn’t add up.
    4. The idea the two black men didn’t lock the door when getting a blowjob in a public bathroom at a library seems stupid and i dont feel bad they got caught.

    If I Ruled the World:
    1. The Jesus Fanatic angle is interesting and is actually quite funny and works well but not in a written format.
    2. A gay person telling other gay people to go to hell is funny but fails to make me laugh as it doesn’t work in a written format.

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  11. Aiden Seifert says:

    Aug 30th
    Log # 1
    Dentist without Borders
    Comparison of genocide to healthcare, polar opposites
    Deviled egg tucked beneath skin: maybe large lump?
    I always leave with a mouthful of blood: interesting choice of words
    He removed his screwdriver in my mouth: Exaggeration or reality?
    So far this first essay was really interesting and gives a nice personal view through the eyes of Sedaris. My initial thoughts are that some things are hard to decipher as the line above whether he really had a screwdriver or it just felt like it in his mouth.

    Attaboy
    Week-old snow lay moldering on the curbs: Nice diction and use of imagery to illuminate a scene so vividly
    “He was graffiting the mailbox!”: something so trivial can cause an upset to the people around
    He looked powerful but cartoonish: his father had fear but also kind of goofy to come off intimidating
    Attaboy was a bit of a change up from the last one coming into a family setting. The interaction near the end with Lou and Tommy is demonstrative of how Lou acted most of the time, short tempered and swift.

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  12. Sarah Harrison says:

    A Friend in the Ghetto:
    -started off a little rocky, not sure what the intro had to do with the rest of the story? Perhaps because he made the assumption that the sales person was from poverty (highlighting how we stereotype based off of accents) and to show how his mindset has changed OR that he wanted to be friends with someone who was poor because of what his mother mentioned about “needing people like that in your life to make you feel better about yourself”. That quote didn’t sit well with me and really seemed to embody classism even though I’m sure she meant it more as a ‘they offer perspective about true struggle’ kind of thing.
    -The nature of this story seemed both classist and racist. Not the outright kind of either that you’d expect, but the kind born of ignorance thinking that just because you don’t HATE POC or those in poverty that therefore you’re progressive and above it all. Seemed to be the mindset during the time period when he was growing up, though.
    -I’m glad that he showed personal growth over the course of his life and was self-aware enough to make corrections. However, it was still bothersome to me that the difference in social standing made him so uncomfortable.

    -I tried to read this one again to see if I missed the real meaning of it, but couldn’t bring myself to.

    If I Ruled the World:

    -I’m unsure of what I just read here.
    -Based on his typical style I wasn’t sure if this was his satirical view on right-wing Christians or if this was another instance of him being unabashedly himself at first. After reading it again I settled on satire.
    -Reading it was very upsetting. At face value it was ignorant and hateful and it would’ve been funny if it were not how SO MANY people think in this day and age. I can’t imagine (and don’t want to) how many people would agree with this piece.
    – I can only imagine that, in it’s time, this piece was more laughable because there wasn’t the same amount of exposure to other people’s ideologies like there is today (thanks internet). Hence the “snowflake” mentality that Gen Z has been branded with.
    – This essay, to me, embodied the idea that religion has morphed in to an excuse for some people to be cruel and hateful. It seems like such a cop out and gives a bad rep to other who follow the religion.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      This is great. Thank you so much for posting!

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  13. my favorite essay of the four one is Think Differenter, because as Sedaris says ” if you don’t think a mental patient has the right to bring a sawed-off shotgun to the church where his ex-girlfriend is getting married , you’re the part of the problem. It made me realized that a lot of people we see out there that they are the perfect ones, are actually the ones that come with more problems. and we judge without knowing the story behind it. sometimes we expect things from people that actually have mental problems, then from the ones that actually have really nothing going on. life can surprise us, and we can be surprised from who we least expected it to be.

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  14. Harmanpreet Singh Sabharwal says:

    My notes on David Sedaris
    I really like David Sedaris, his personality and his work from interviews I have seen of him and few chapters from the book Let’s explore diabetes with owls have read.I like that he is very true to his nature i.e he can be wrong sometimes but he is never dishonest with himself and with his readers and that is quality I think is so important for someone to be great artist.Also I really sense innocence in him even he sometimes saying very controversial things.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Please include specific examples, and explain them. Also, please edit your responses to posts before posting them.

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  15. Shantel Shaw says:

    Easy, Tiger
    -I can relate to the beginning because my biggest fear is to travel outside of the country and not knowing the language
    -Comical way of explaining different languages
    -Had no idea i was going to be reading about people’s time in bed
    -Love how he tied the title into the reading, its very creative
    -Very much relate to the German comments
    -Confusing when he talks about German and English Language sentences
    -Love the last paragraph of this essay

    Laugh, Kodaburra
    -Confused about the opening paragraph
    -Father son relationship
    -Funny figure of speech “its Canada in a thong”
    -Interesting way of talking about different countries figures of speech
    -Like how he talks about his vacay
    -Confused about “burners”
    -Sheering sheep reminds me of fair time!
    -His writing tells a great story

    Standing Still
    -Poverty to prove he had done something creative
    -He himself had to make his own name and work from the bottom up
    -Drug addiction
    -I can only imagine what Gretchen felt it gave me goosebumps

    Just a Quick E-mail
    -What a crazy change from last essay
    -Very rude about the accident

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