Trivia for Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

by Jessica Wilson

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  • In April 2001, Sedaris reportedly sold the Me Talk Pretty One Day film rights to director Wayne Wang, who was adapting four stories from the book for Columbia Pictures. Sedaris subsequently dropped out citing concerns about how his family would be portrayed in the movie.
  • In 2008, Sedaris received an honorary doctorate from Binghamton University.
  • In interviews, Sedaris has acknowledged that he is a “Luddite,” or someone that loathes technology.
  • Time magazine named him “Humorist of the Year” in 2001.
  • In 2005, he was nominated for two Grammy Awards: Best Spoken Word Album and Best Comedy Album.
  • Sedaris has been keeping a diary since he was 20 and the entries inspire many of his stories.
  • Sedaris is sometimes credited as having attended Princeton University. He did not, but he joked about doing so in an address he gave to the university in 2006.
  •  In 2000, Sedaris did a three-part series examining the French healthcare system for National Public Radio.
  • In an August 2011 article, USA Today included Me Talk Pretty One Day on a list of books banned by some U.S. schools in the preceding six months.
  • Sedaris often writes about odd jobs; one of his most famous essays is “SantaLand Diaries” which recounts his time working as an Elf in a Macy’s department store.
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