Essay review: ‘Memory Laps’ by David Sedaris

Story Title: 'Memory Laps' by David Sedaris. Source: Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls (Abacus) Date Read: 06 January 2014 Afterthoughts: At age 50 Sedaris decided not to pursue an interest in opera - something which he says that an older person can … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Essay review: ‘Attaboy’ by David Sedaris

Story Title: 'Attaboy' by David Sedaris. Source: Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls (Abacus) Date Read: 03 January 2014 Afterthoughts: In this essay Sedaris bemoans the lack of discipline shown by today's parents, while reflecting on his own … [Read more...]

Essay review: ‘Dentists Without Borders’ by David Sedaris

Story Title: 'Dentists Without Borders' by David Sedaris. Source: Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls (Abacus) Date Read: 02 January 2014 Afterthoughts: In this opener to his latest collection, David Sedaris invites the reader into the privacy of … [Read more...]

‘Now We Are Five’ by David Sedaris

Story Title: 'Now We Are Five' by David Sedaris. Source: New Yorker website Date Read: 29th October 2013 Afterthoughts: There I was midway through David Sedaris' latest essay collection, Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls (Abacus Publishing) and … [Read more...]

‘Asthma’ by Seneca

Story Title: 'Asthma' by Seneca. Source: The Art of the Personal Essay (Anchor Books) Date Read: 17th September 2011 Afterthoughts: In this second entry from Roman philosopher, Seneca the Younger, Lopate offers us another example of Seneca's … [Read more...]

‘The Moon Under Water’ by George Orwell

Story Title: 'The Moon Under Water' by George Orwell. Source: Orwell Prize website Date Read: 9th February 2011 Afterthoughts: In this short but perfectly formed essay, read by me as it happens 65 years to the day when it was first published … [Read more...]

‘On Noise’ by Seneca

Story Title: 'On Noise' by Seneca. Source: The Art of the Personal Essay (Anchor Books) Date Read: 25th January 2011 Afterthoughts: This literary composition from Seneca - in which he muses on the distraction of noise - is more life lesson than … [Read more...]

‘Collecting Nature’ by Anne Fadiman

Story Title: 'Collecting Nature' by Anne Fadiman. Source: At Large and At Small (Allen Lane) Date Read: 25th January 2011 Afterthoughts: In this somewhat lengthy essay, Fadiman takes the reader into the world of childhood entomology, where in her … [Read more...]