"Me Talk Pretty One Day" by David Sedaris (Little Brown...

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May 28, 2000|By Michael Pakenham

"Me Talk Pretty One Day" by David Sedaris (Little Brown, 272 pages, $22.95)

Anybody who has read any of David Sedaris's three previous collections of essays ("Naked" seems best known) does not need persuasion to move upward and onward to his latest. He is one of the most artfully funny -- and funnily artful -- writers in America. This grouping of memoir-essays is irresistable -- full of the sort of stuff that made me want to go grab someone to read bits aloud to. He is Kafkaesque in dealing with speech therapy. His struggles with the French -- with tous France -- made me pray for the resurrection of the Duke of Wellington.

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