Magic: David Sedaris Makes a List by da-AL


If you don’t already know who David Sedaris is, you should. He’s a great writer, that’s why — moreover, he’s a fabulous performer of his writings.

Author David Sedaris

His most recent book is least like his prior books. For those new to his writing, it’s easier to start with any of his older books. His recent, “Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002),” is his most personal and darkest.

Regardless of whether you hate him or never read a single sentence of his, he’s a mega-publishing success.

With that held in your mind, dwell upon the fact that many years ago, when he was very young and very depressed, he wrote up …

A  L i s t

Years later, he’d gotten every single thing on it and more!

Author David SedarisI listened to him reading his book and didn’t read it in print, so I’m paraphrasing …

David Sedaris’ 10 Reasons to Live

  1. Christmas
  2. Family beach trip
  3. Writing a published book
  4. Seeing my name in a magazine
  5. Watching ‘C’ grow bald
  6. (This one I couldn’t figure out what he was saying)
  7. Seeing Amy (his actress sister) on tv
  8. Other people’s books
  9. Outliving my enemies
  10. Being interviewed by Terry Gross (host and co-executive producer of the hugely popular National Public Radio show, “Fresh Air”)

Me? My lists tend to be daily ‘to do’ ones. Often I have to shake myself and look at the bigger of what I’m trying to achieve. Once I do, though, my life seems to track better. With a good optimistic overview of where I hope to go, work doesn’t seem as much like work and patience comes more easily.

What’s worked for you? Do you keep lists?

49 thoughts on “Magic: David Sedaris Makes a List by da-AL

  1. I love David Sedaris – he was here in town this week, but I totally forgot and missed it. I needed a list to make sure I got tickets, because I am definitely one of those people who makes lists. It’s gotten to the point where if I don’t write it down, I don’t remember it; conversely, once it’s on the list, I forget about it until I see it again. The latter is only a problem if I accidentally erase something from the list: I will never remember it was on there in the first place!

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    • Lol – I’m guilty of the same. What’s been helping me is to start using my lists more for after the fact. I.e., review grocery lists as I’m finishing up shopping.

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