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In his new book, ‘Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002,’ Sedaris says he once asked his students to write fan letters:

September 26, 1989
Chicago

“I asked my beginning writing students to compose fan letters. Most were sincere in the way I hoped they’d be, but one kid’s amounted to hate mail and was addressed to his mother. He wrote about being shit out of her cunt. Then he reminded her that he was not her fucking boyfriend, and on and on. Afterward no one knew what to say. My fan letter was to Joy Williams.”

Four years later, Sedaris fantasizes about a dream job in New York City:

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February, 10, 1992
New York

“Admin Asst Dream Job
WORK FOR A STAR Gal/Guy Friday
all around exec asst.

Answer fan mail.
Admin duties. Lite typing.
MADEMOISELLE 16 E 40th St”

“I saw this in the New York Times and thought, Honestly, that is my dream job – answering fan mail at Mademoiselle magazine. I shaved, threw on clean clothes, and went to apply, not feeling intimidated the way I normally do but thinking, ‘Out of my way. This is mine.’ I supposed I wondered who at the magazine got fan mail, but it didn’t really matter. Whatever the letter, I’d answer it.”

Soon, Sedaris receives his own fan mail:

June 21, 1992
New York

“A few weeks back, my Interview Magazine mention came out, and this morning I received a postcard reading ‘Dear Mr. Sedaris, You are very cute and I love what you have to say about the world. It is a crazy place, but you make it well worth it. Your admirer, Jean Snyder.’ ‘The card is just what I needed,’ he says. It’s nutty, sure, but how nice to know that some stranger is thinking of me.”

Ten years later, Sedaris’s publisher, Little, Brown & Company forwards him a batch of fan mail while he’s living in France:

March 9, 2002
La Bagotiere, France

“Little, Brown forwarded an envelope of mail, and I realized after reading it over that every single letter wanted something from me. The senders included:

  • a college student writing an article on magazine readership. ‘I’m on a deadline so email me as soon as you get this!
  • a Cleveland man who’s written a gay travel guide and wants my help finding an agent.
  • an Indianapolis human rights group wanting me to attend their rally. ‘Your agent says you haven’t got the time, but I suspect you do.’
  • a Seattle drama group asking for an essay on how theater has changed my life.
  • three Nashville High School students assigned to read a bestseller and write the author with questions such as ‘Have you written any other books? Where do you get your ideas?
  • a German woman writing her Ph.D. on the role of the diary in contemporary American fiction. She too is on a deadline and asks that I call her Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, trying several times per night until I reach her.
  • a gay choral group asking for mementos they might auction off at their upcoming fundraiser, Life Is a Cabaret.

It’s interesting how as a struggling writer, Sedaris looks forward to receiving fan mail, hoping to both receive it and answer it, even for others. However, more than ten years later, after he makes it as a bestselling writer, he begins to tire of it, as everyone seems to want something from him.

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Caroline Cassidy

Go see him if you can! I recently attended an event where he did an onstage interview and a book signing. He is absolutely wonderful.

Be still my heart. David Sadaris promoting Armisted Maupin. My two favorite authors.

Loved those books!!

Cindy Boyd-Chudley

Every day in the SF Chronicle...the best🌟

Binni Shakeshaft Brynolf

Julia Wookey - can I drag you to this in Cambridge? x

Love this writer! Read his serials in the SF Chron for years!

Caroline Cassidy

Martin Smith - One of the facts I fill my head with, so there's no room for the name of the person I was introduced to 5 minutes ago, is that you used to have lots of Armistead Maupin books.

I saw David Sedaris a couple of weeks ago in Providence. He was pretty convincing in his recommendation of a particular author that I have since forgotten the name of. Anyone go and remember who he was talking about?

I love him!

I didn’t know Maupin was still alive lol

I still do! Thanks

That is very cool.

Aw Tales of the City ❀️

Niki Stark Devlin???

Keris Stainton?

Yeah , he’s coming to the Lowry!

The night listener is one of the best books I've read and the audio book is just perfect. They did Maupin a huge injustice with the movie version

Read all the books twice.

Connie Yesberger πŸ‘πŸ»β€οΈ

Read all the books twice.

Don Gaddis

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Dallas!  David Sedaris is coming back to town May 1.  See you there!
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Derek Best Elisa C

Will be there!!

Michelle Christy Michell

Michelle Christy Michell

Laura Hill Al-Otaibi

I so hope the sound is better than at Winspear last year. 😒 I bought 4 tickets for my sweet mama who is a huge fan of yours for her 83rd birthday, and we maybe heard 1/3 of the show, and she was so sad. I will say, the 1/3 was hysterical though. I love you big, David Sedaris

Shaun Steven Struble

See you in Chattanooga on Friday. Can’t wait and will be bringing my Family too!!

That Dallas postcard was hand painted by Cathey Miller for Shag Carpet Props. Credit the artist please David Sedaris

We have seen him and love his work. So talented.

This will be our 11 time! Can't wait.

Andrew Whitaker

Janee Trasler

Sara Dae Beeber

Lauren Baldwin

Don Wood

Libby Eddleman Spears

To my Texas friends: Go! I never miss his show when he comes to Pittsburgh. Never disappointed.

Catherine Caesar

Sara Dae Beeber

Ann R. Franks!!

See you there! Bring Hugh!

Karrie Dawn

Can’t wait!!!

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