You know, I have always been a little creeped out by David Sedaris. Even back when I was more sympathetic with his politics, and more fond of his kind of crass humor. Hearing him rag on his family started to get old—I wondered about the sisters’ perspectives, they were so often painted in demeaning ways to make them into better foils for his antics. My brother was really into his stuff for a while though so I was a good sport about it, laughed along and put aside the creepy feeling.
Today Ann Althouse links to an essay he wrote a couple years ago about torturing baby sea turtles and all becomes clear. I’m not saying I’m just saying…he has some things in common with some severe personality disorders. Ahem. I mean dude, people will say “he was a kid,” but sure as hell my kids know better than to abuse animals. And Sedaris was older than any of my kids at the time of this turtle incident! Of course he makes the essay a long, self-indulgent ramble all about being ~gay and artistic~ bla bla bla. Narcissist alarms all broke, gotta go buy new ones.
I was so upset by just the bit she quoted and the bits I skimmed over. I admit I am not going to read his whole stupid essay. What a putz.
I loved this episode. Especially because of Bulk Bicep, an obvious nod to “Blast Hardcheese” of MST3k/Space Mutiny. There’s something about lovable incompetence that just charms me in general, though.
St Agnes by Ambrogio Bergognone, 1495
"Why do you like Bubbles so much, mommy?"
Because, because, she’s always trying so hard and screwing up and she means so well and she’s always falling down and she wants to do it but she can’t and and all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and…indistinct muttering…sniffling…
And my mission is to report every piece of creepy, inappropriate MLP fanart that makes it through the safe search filter to Google.
I make the girls leave the room before searching even with the filter on. I explained it to my oldest, who kept pushing for an explanation, as “some not nice people put gross and scary things on Google to upset people who are looking for cute and funny things, because their minds have been so distorted by sin they forgot how to just have fun like normal people.”
The G-rated version of that truth may just sound scarier than the R-rated version.