Essay review: ‘Think Differenter’ by David Sedaris

Story Title: ‘Think Differenter’ by David Sedaris.
Source: Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls (Abacus)
Date Read: 04 January 2014
Afterthoughts: Rather a short essay this one, in which Sedaris still manages to cover a fair amount of ground. He talks of his hatred for the expression ‘blind people are human too.’ He makes note of the fact that he forgets his father is still alive while remembering other stuff vividly, like his pet dog chewing the head off a baby rabbit (not something you’re likely to forget in a hurry is it? But then who forgets that their father is still alive?!? :)). The reader is also treated to a fleeting history of Sedaris’ portable music tech, beginning with the brick-like Walkman, and ending with a water damaged (read: toilet water damaged) iPod Nano. I say ending with an iPod Nano, but in reality it’s at this point that Sedaris upgrades to a multi-functional iPhone.

And it’s at this point that I’m going to leave talking about this essay. There’s more to it, and it’s all mildly amusing, but it never quite lifts to the lofty levels of some of his better essays. Readable yes, but I was kind of glad that this essay is only a short one.

Taster Quote: I, personally, don’t know any blind people, though the guy I used to buy my newspapers from had pretty bad cataracts. His left eye had a patch over it, and the right one reminded me of the sky in a werewolf movie, this pale blue moon obscured by drifting clouds.”

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Let's Explore Diabetes with OwlsThis story was read as part of an overall review of David Sedaris’ latest essay collection, Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls. If you want to find out more about this collection, then please stop by my forethoughts post for the book, or visit the publisher’s website.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).