Sorry I’ve been absent lately, life’s been busy. Anyways I think in the past week we’ve come a long way on equality. However, we have a long way to go! Don’t we always? The Supreme Court it seems was not ready to make gay marriage legal in all 50 states. Some woman on the news was like it’s a good thing they’re making this equality incremental like they did with civil rights. She totally thought she was being all pro gay rights etc. But in reality she was, as we’re calling it now, on the wrong side of history. I can’t possibly understand how she thought that the halt of equality now was a good thing, but anyways… Enough of my ranting on the subject.
I thought in honor of this I would review the book Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls Essays, etc. by David Sedaris. The reason I picked this is for a couple reasons but I think most importantly is perhaps the essay that I really want to focus on in this post. “I Break for Traditional Marriage” was one of my favorite essays from the book. Sedaris is a satirist and so of course he picks things to satirize that are far from what he truly believes. For your information David Sedaris is gay, it’s important that you know this so that when I start to describe the story you don’t flip out at me for being homophobic. Also David Sedaris writes from other people’s points of view occasionally and this story is one of those times when he picked to write from a different point of view than his own.
At the beginning of the essay there is a man who, once gay marriage is announced as legal in New York, decides that his marriage to his wife means nothing. In his mind this renders the rest of his life meaningless. He then decides that if his life means nothing he must begin to cross things off from his bucket list. First of which is to kill his 30 something year old “stupid” daughter who still lives at home. His bucket list activities escalate in illegality from there. Eventually he gets arrested and he is then learns something surprising about gay marriage whilst in prison. I’m not going to tell you what he learns because that would ruin the whole thing but it’s fantastically twisted!
Anyways the entire book is equally funny. Whilst reading this I was on a plane flying back to DC from Reykjavik, Iceland and I was that creepy obnoxious person who kept laughing out loud at their book. It was embarrassing but the book was totally worth it. I highly encourage all of you to purchase it from your local book store! Also, his collection Naked is also worth the read!