Me Talk Pretty One Day by David SedarisDavid Sedaris move to Paris from New York inspired these hilarious pieces, including the title essay, about his attempts to learn French from a sadistic teacher who declares that every day spent with you is like having a caesarean section. His family is another inspiration. You Cant Kill the Rooster is a portrait of his brother, who talks incessant hip-hop slang to his bewildered father. And no one hones a finer fury in response to such modern annoyances as restaurant meals presented in ludicrous towers of food and cashiers with six-inch fingernails.
Me Talk Pretty One Day
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They could burn my flag or pelt me with stones, but if there were taxidermied kittens to be had then I would go and bring them back to this, the greatest country on earth. It begins with a North Carolina childhood filled with speech-therapy classes "There was the lisp, of course, but more troubling than that was my voice itself with its excitable tone and high, girlish pitch" and unwanted guitar lessons taught by a midget. From budding performance artist "The only crimp in my plan was that I seemed to have no talent whatsoever" to "clearly unqualified" writing teacher in Chicago, Sedaris's career leads him to New York the sky's-the-limit field of furniture moving and eventually, of all places, France. Sedaris's move to Paris poses a number of challenges, chief among them his inability to speak the language. Arriving a "spooky man-child" capable of communicating only through nouns, he undertakes language instruction that leads him ever deeper into cultural confusion.