Random Factoid #487

27 11 2010

Yesterday, I finished David Sedaris’ “When You Are Engulfed in Flames,” well over a year after I first picked it up.  For some strange reason, last week I just had this insatiable mental impetus to devour a book.  I found Sedaris’ collection of hilarious essays nestled in my bookcase and decided to start over and bask in his humor once again.

The whole movie blogging gig really does keep me away from books.  As I wrote back in Random Factoid #352

I really do love to read, and I used to use my free time to do a whole lot more of it.  It’s such a therapeutic thing for me to do, and it’s great for building vocabulary as well.  I have a huge bookshelf in my room filled with shelves of books I haven’t read.  I really do intend to get to them some day, but it’s hard to find the time.

And reading is another thing that gets pushed to the side doing movie blogging (like TV, which I described in Random Factoid #259).  It’s so hard to resist the temptation to get the full satisfaction of watching a plot arc develop in around two hours in a movie, while it takes days and days to read through a book.  Reading a book has less immediate gratification, something I’m constantly told my generation has a problem with.

I feel compelled after reading a whole book of Sedaris that without him, the Random Factoid feature and the abundant humor (at least I hope) within might not be present at all.  I’ve certainly learned a lot about how to have a present and booming voice through his writing, and I certainly try to emulate through the Random Factoids the laughs I get from reading him.  These posts usually receive the most comments and feedback of anything I do on this site; I think it’s because I try to make this blog a very personal thing, and the Random Factoids are the least formal, most Marshall things I write.

So, what should you get from this post? 1) Thank David Sedaris, 2) Read David Sedaris, and 3) Keep reading me!

(For those curious, my reading craze is still going on.  I’m currently devouring George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” and will then move on to either Jeffrey Eugenides’ “The Virgin Suicides” or Steig Larsson’s “The Girl Who Played With Fire.”)


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