Sunday, December 23, 2007

David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries

I first came across David Sedaris' hilarious "Santaland Diaries," an essay about the horrors of working as a mall elf, at a high school speech and debate tournament. Another student was performing the piece as a Humorous Interpretation. I soon learned that the essay made Sedaris famous when he read it on NPR's Morning Edition in 1992. I bought a copy and began reading it at tournaments myself, as an Interpretative Reading.

By popular demand, NPR rebroadcasts the piece each year. Someone put the first minute or so on YouTube, which you can watch below for a small taste, but for a great laugh I encourage you to listen to the whole seven minutes at NPR's website.

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