Curated by David Sedaris
About the Curator
David Sedaris is the bestselling author of books including “Calypso,” “When You Are Engulfed in Flames,” “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” and “Me Talk Pretty One Day.” He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4.
I’ve always loved reading biographies. As a rule they start with the subject’s parents or grandparents. C’mon, I think, Let’s get a move on. I’m impatient with childhoods as well, though I dare not skip ahead and risk missing some vital connection. I’m always looking for the moment when the subject comes into his or her artistic self, when they’re “born” in a sense. It’s equally fascinating when the subject self-destructs, and that, I suppose, is why I found these books to be so brutally compelling.