Monday, May 2, 2011

David Sedaris

David Sedaris


The other night I saw David Sedaris perform at UCLA. If you are not familiar with him, he is a writer, and he is HILARIOUS. His books are very entertaining, but seeing him/hearing him read from his works is even better. If you ever get a chance, try reading some of his books, or just go see him do one of his readings. 

David Sedaris said one thing in particular that has stuck in my mind. He said that he went to China recently, and he was astonished by one thing that was never mentioned in tour guide books of China...something he thought SHOULD be mentioned. He said that there were human turds everywhere in China. Everywhere. VISIBLE HUMAN TURDS EVERYWHERE. All over the place. HELLO?!?!?! I cannot stop thinking about that. How revolting! Can anybody back this up????? If you have been to China, did you see human turdage everywhere?  Ew!








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35 comments:

Caroline said...

LOL...really? I have been to Hong Kong...I don't recall seeing turds...but then again in was 1996 and still under British rule. Things may have gone down hill after that...

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

Love David Sedaris! And thank you for providing me with reason #97 to explain why I have no desire to visit China...

Annabelle said...

Love his books.

Not so much a fan of fecal matter.

Cheryl Ann said...

he mentioned that when we saw him in houston, too!! so bizarre. also, now i never want to go to china.

Dancing Branflake said...

He's on NPR sometimes and is HILARIOUS! So funny. Sometimes wildly inappropriate and I can't handle it. Other times just too witty and funny.

Claire Kiefer said...

I bet it was amazing seeing him read/speak. I have been to China and thank goodness I did not see that horror. However, people pee everywhere and I find that foul enough in and of itself. I had a boyfriend who up and moved to freakin' China to teach preschool so I went to visit for a couple weeks in 2006. We were in Beijing. Although I didn't see human turds, it was the dirtiest city I've ever visited, and I was sneezing up black stuff within the first couple days. UGH.

Cheryl said...

Just got his latest book on audio CD and was listening to it while walking around SF not caring if people were looking or not whenever I bent over in a belly laugh. So love his writing!!!

kimbirdy said...

eeeewwww! i'm going to pretend i didn't read that last part and skip right to my great love for david sedaris. what a hilarious man, and have you heard his impression of billie holiday? spot on. he's one of those people i wish i were friends with in real life {i'll take his sister too}. that's so great you got to a live show!

Raina Cox said...

I harbor a secret dream that I am a lost Sedaris sibling.

Felicia said...

I've read almost all his books and am dying to see him live! Every time he's been here it's been a little expensive though.

ticklishfromadistance said...

He is a long time fave. He is from right up the street here in the Carolina's.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Totally love DS- so does my hubs-
I picked up a dead baby bird off my front lawn today- figured I could stomach seeing your dead bird too.
how would you know that they were human turds and not say Dalmatian?

Missy said...

What an intro to his work! LOL

sealaura said...

love him! and you my dear have to let us know about these turds if you find out. There needs to be a part 2 to this post. I am so surprised.

Shorty said...

I heard him tell the same story in Dallas last week! I agree, he is hilarious, and I sooo enjoyed seeing him live. So glad you got to see him, too!

Trixie said...

That must've been a great show! He is so funny! That's completely revolting though. I know that a group of people I worked with used to empty their noses by squishing one nostril shut and blowing. Then repeat for other side. Disgusting!

Yes I Blog said...

New follower through Blog Frog :-)

First - let me say I absolutely LOVE your header picture!!! Reminds me of my oldest cat - he is a killer and is always bringing things to show us!

Second - The turd thing is disgusting, but still, a bit hilarious too! Thanks for sharing the link, had never heard of him. Definitely will be looking him up again in the future.

bananas. said...

human turdage....hahahahahhahahahaha!!!

yea that's foul. never heard of that but i can believe it. wait was that racist? i hope not.

Marisa said...

OMG Jealous! I missed my chance to see him when he was at Iowa State. I bet it was awesome!

Kathryn said...

I had never heard of him...will have to check him out online.

I have never been to China but have heard of the "turdage" issue in some areas and can believe it as where I live there has been a influx of Burmese immigrants brought over by area churches and one of the problem that a friend of friend who manages an apartment complex and where they are housed has a huge problem with them not "going" in designated areas and taking a squat whenever, wherever outside because that has been part of their culture where they are from.

blueviolet said...

We absolutely MUST find that out! That is the most unusual thing I've ever heard about a foreign country!

...love Maegan said...

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!?!?!?!??! No fucking way. POOP ON THE STREET!?!??! I mean, people are crazy here about picking up your dog's shit ...imagine.

I was watching the episode of Idiot Abroad {Ricky Gervais/Karl Pilkington} and when he went to China, whatever part he was staying in only had holes in the grounds for toilets, you just squatted over them . . . but when sitting out on the street, people watching, saw an old man walk by with a sort of stool/toilet seat . . . just walking down the street with it, ready to use it?!?!?! Obvs, he is too old to hold himself up and squat. GROSS. best invention ever?!?!? FLUSHING TOILETS!!!

Sandra said...

I've never had a burning desire to go to China. Now. Even less burning desire.

Fragrant Liar said...

I cannot comment on human turdage, having never been to China, but I can comment on DS. He's the author of my absolute favorite book, *Me Talk Pretty One Day*. Priceless stuff.

Alisa said...

I love Davis Sedaris (and his sis Amy too!)

I first heard him on This American Life. He is so funny and I love his voice! I haven't been to China, and now, not all that interested!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Hmm I'm curious about what part of China he visited. I've been to Beijing and Shanghai in the last few years and never saw that though yes, most toilets are the squat kind.

Anyone who romanticizes Paris by the way has never been there for more than one day. There is dog poo everywhere, including indoors on the train platform.
I still want to go back to shop, but not for the reason above.

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

I have one book of his which I really much read and will eventually gah I have so many books on my TBR pile why aren't there more hours in the day to read.

June O'Hara said...

I've read every one of his books and saw him do a reading a few months back, but I'd never seen his Letterman interview. He also did a really funny interview on Jon Stewart (sp?) not too long ago. Anyone who hasn't read him, check him out!

十十f十 said...

the last part's my fave too, hahaha. i had to google for the meaning of turdage. well i've seen the state of their sanitary facilities from when there were no doors to when they got half doors. i guess the business of turdage is what's foremost on people's minds when they consider a place to visit and china just comes up all the time? i'd say there's much of it in malaysia. when i went to tibet a few years back, it's like china 10 years back. we're crapping collectively in public, i'm not kidding you. it's tonnes better than entering a toilet to crap.

Kristine said...

I LOVE David Sedaris sooooo much!! Worship him. I've been lucky enough to see him twice in Toronto and he was fantastic!!!

Lorena said...

First I had to google turdage to illustrate myself.
Now, I am totally disgusted - SHIT laying around ?!
AND then all the crap that we buy, or at least a large % comes from there.
I have to say I believe it's true. SAdly true.

Char said...

i would love the opportunity to see him live! it would be like seeing kevin smith!

Sarcastic Bastard said...

They also kill cats in China. Me no want 'um go to China. Turdy cat killers.

krista said...

gurl. i had no idea he was in la. *sigh* i miss all the good stuff.

formerlyonlyamovie said...

I love David Sedaris.

No comment on the turdage, though. :-)