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David Sedaris

Calypso

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    This is akin to another of his often asked questions: “Why do you choose to remember the negative rather than the positive?”
    “I don’t,” I insist, thinking, I will never forget your giving me such a hard time over this.
    Honestly, though, does choice even come into it? Is it my fault that the good times fade to nothing while the bad ones burn forever bright? Memory aside, the negative just makes for a better story: the plane was delayed, an infection set in, outlaws arrived and reduced the schoolhouse to ashes. Happiness is harder to put into words. It’s also harder to source, much more mysterious than anger or sorrow, which come to me promptly, whenever I summon them, and remain long after I’ve begged them to leave.
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    About the Author
    David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever, Naked, Holidays on Ice, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, and, most recently, Theft by Finding. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4. He lives in England.
    Menna Abu Zahraцитує2 місяці тому
    wasn’t where they belonged, necessarily. It was just where they ended up.
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    The fight we had following Trump’s election had been particularly ugly, and we could easily have it again every hour of every day.
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    He’s always operated on the assumption that I don’t know anything, can’t know anything, really. The issues are as far beyond my grasp as they are for the chimps in the calendar he gave me. Sure, one might pull a lever in a voting booth, but there could be no actual thought behind it.
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    There are things I avoid talking about with my father now—politics, for instance.
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    secret to Dad’s longevity isn’t diet or exercise, or even his genes,” I’ve often said to Paul and my sisters. “He’s just late for death, the way he’s been late for everything else all his life
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    “I told you I’m on my way. Jesus!”
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    When our check came, I paid.
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    Now here he is, trying to do just that—die alone—and everyone’s giving him a hard time about it.”
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    shouted back, ‘You are going to die alone!’ Isn’t that awful?” I pushed some shrimp and grits around my plate
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    It’s hard to even call it lying; rather, it’s a form of insistence. This is the way I need it to be, goddamn it.
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    There was no way on earth that this was true. In that respect my father is very much like the current president: There were a million and a half people at my inauguration. The biggest crowd ever—a million and a half!
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    Amy’s flight to New York had been affected by distant storms as well. It was one of those times when your flights are delayed, and then delayed again
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    It was like they had planned to take a bath and were just waiting for someone to turn the water on. What on earth?
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    It’s not like we don’t see it now. We’re not pessimists, exactly, but in late middle age, when you envision your life ten years down the line, you’re more likely to see a bedpan than a Tony Award.
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    Ranging in age from twelve to twenty-four, my brother, sisters, and I gazed into the future and saw only promise.
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    Perhaps he meant “I slept like a baby” and it came out wrong, but ever since, it’s what everyone in my family says: “I slept like a doll.”
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    He thought for a moment. “I slept like a doll.”
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    in Florida and stayed at a hotel in Delray Beach.
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