When the dust clears from the still-raging oral history/memoir/spoken-word renaissance, David Sedaris may well stand as the one to credit or to blame for the whole damn thing. His prose style, vocal inflections and emotional temperament spread memetically through the podsphere and the publishing platforms of the chatty classes, becoming in many ways the default voice of a generation of self-examining storytellers, New Journalists and comedians. In its review of David Sedaris’ new book Calypso, the Washington Post said, “After 25 years and nine essay collections, after publishing 500 pages of his own diary, the most shocking thing David Sedaris can do is reveal that he’s been holding things back.”
Sedaris returns to Poughkeepsie for his annual reading and signing at the Bardavon on Friday, April 25. All tickets cost $49. Members receive a $5 discount.
David Sedaris, Friday, Apr. 5, 8 p.m., $49/$44, Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 5 Market St., Poughkeepsie, (845) 473-2072, www.bardavon.org