dR Daily 5/15: David Sedaris at the Straz
If all you know of David Sedaris is the annual holiday rebroadcast of his Santa Diaries on NPR, that may have been enough to make you a lifelong fan. But his oeuvre encompasses so much more than that mordantly funny account of a day in the life of a department store elf. In best-selling books like Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, he’s proven to be a master of the revelatory comic essay, and in personal appearances around the country he has regaled but also touched audiences with his bone-dry humor and disarming candor about his family and foibles. In his latest book, Calypso, he has moved into even more fraught emotional territory — aging and mortality — and despite the fact that it’s being called his darkest book yet, or maybe because of that, it’s getting rave reviews; the actor Alan Cumming proclaimed in the New York Times that Sedaris’s worldview is so addictive “he seriously could start a cult.” Join the cult tonight at the Straz.
5/15, 7:30 p.m., Morsani Hall at the Straz Center, $35-$55, 813-229-STAR (7827), strazcenter.org.