David Sedaris

Humorist David Sedaris (b. 1956) is the author of several collections of personal essays and stories, including When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2008), Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (2010), and Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls (2013). A frequent contributor to the New Yorker, he is also a playwright whose works include SantaLand Diaries & Seasons Greetings: 2 Plays (1998), as well as works coauthored with his sister, Amy Sedaris. The following essay comes from Sedaris's book-length memoir Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2005).