Patton Oswalt reviews David Sedaris’ diaries written as his book Theft by Finding. The diaries describe three stages that all artists go through, starve and struggle, feast, and bloat. Even artists that appear widely dissimilar exhibit the same conditions if they become successful. The only way that the deadly bloat can be avoided is to recognize it and muscle through it. David Sedaris’ diaries shows how he did it. This book covers 25 years of his life as he moves through the various stages, mostly without realizing it.
- 1st step when going from struggle to success is starve & struggle. You’re finding to find yourself and don’t have much money
- Feast is second step. You finally have money and you’re enjoying the good life
- Bloat can sometimes be skipped if you push through it and know it’s there.
“In the last year of the diaries, with Sedaris a now-established best-selling author and world traveler, the prickly Southern wit is still intact and sparkling:”