Sunday, April 25, 2010

Mr. Sedaris -

It’s not one I’d recommend to my mother, but I loved it so much that I carried it in my sleeves during Commencement (I just graduated from BYU with a BA in English).
I bought When You are Engulfed in Flames at DCA last Monday. As always, you made me laugh uncontrollably with lines like, “Three men are shot to death while attending a child’s christening, and you tell yourself, Sure. They were hanging out with the wrong crowd” (112). But to me, this book felt more reflective and thoughtful than what you’ve written before. My favorite essays were about Hugh, like “Keeping Up,” “All the Beauty You Will Ever Need,” and “Old Faithful.” They were hilarious and articulate, but more than that, they made me think about love, companionship, and acceptance. All this, you wrote unapologetically, without a trace of irony, as if there is a soft spot beneath your occasionally irreverent humor.

Thanks for those essays; they gave me something to think about besides where I’m going to live next month.



  1. Thank you for the phone call that didn't last long enough, even though it was great to hear a lot about what you are up to (please come to Cali this summer). I am glad you chose such an appropriate companion for your graduation ceremony (congratulations). And I don't organize my books by color. I found that picture and was pleased someone else organizes their books that way, so I posted it in honor of your organization. Sorry this comment is so long.

  2. Do you remember the time you, Jen and I sat on the window ledge of Kraimer's and we just read out loud hilarious excerpts from Sedaris? I do. That was some good times.

  3. you are so beautiful britt. i hope we can still be friends, even though you have moved on in your life. seriously though.

  4. Congrats on graduation Britt! I'm soooo very happy for you. :D

  5. Congrats on graduating, Britt!


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