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David Sedaris take on France and Americans

David Sedaris take on France and Americans

Old Jun 23rd, 2007, 12:08 PM
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David Sedaris take on France and Americans

I'm a fan of David and agree of what he says here:

http://us.franceguide.com/info-and-p...tml?NodeID=900
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Old Jun 23rd, 2007, 12:17 PM
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Thanks for posting..interesting piece.

Not sure I agree about Americans knowing someone for two minutes and then calling that a friendship but perhaps I'm different!<G>
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Old Jun 23rd, 2007, 12:19 PM
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Has this person been brain damaged or anything? He seems friendly and agreeable but a lot of his thought processes don't make sense to me.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2007, 12:20 PM
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I agree Dukey, but even here on Fodors, some who never meet call each other affectionate names as if they had met.

Know what I mean, Sweetie
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Old Jun 23rd, 2007, 12:24 PM
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Americans who think the French are rude , not knowing that they are the ones being rude is so true. We are in a different culture when there.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2007, 12:27 PM
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<some who never meet call each other affectionate names as if they had met>
It is often the same on French forums mimi.
And nothing imposes you to see your friends all the time if you don't feel like it.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2007, 12:36 PM
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I know that Corine, just giving an example.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2007, 12:46 PM
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David Sedaris may be an acquired taste?
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Old Jun 23rd, 2007, 12:46 PM
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He lives there, and he's never seen any ugly areas (which he loosely equates to parking lots with chain-link fences)?

Is he blind to graffitti? There's a statue of the Madonna at Invalides in Paris covered in graffiti, most of it French. I've also seen some pretty ugly supermarket parking lots in the countryside, even in Normandy.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2007, 12:57 PM
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Thanks, cigalechanta, for posting the link. It made me smile!
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Old Jun 23rd, 2007, 12:59 PM
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The French people with whom I have become very close are more like my family and me than not. I see way more similarities than differences. This is obviously a small sampling...
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Old Jun 23rd, 2007, 01:05 PM
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wren, my French Friends too but the people in Normandy are not as warm as in the South or like my friends in the Vienne.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2007, 01:06 PM
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Thanks for the link, C.

>The countryside in America is very beautiful. And there are cities with nice parts to them—but they’re not nice for as long as Paris is nice.<

Amen, bro.

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Old Jun 23rd, 2007, 01:08 PM
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>David Sedaris may be an acquired taste?<

I've loved his humor from the moment I heard him telling about his experience as a department store elf - several years ago.

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Old Jun 23rd, 2007, 01:11 PM
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oh, believe me, i'm a big fan from way back! his humor is unique but perhaps not to everyone's tastes was all i meant.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2007, 01:21 PM
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<<One thing they don’t realize are all the little formalities that go into every encounter. And that often, nothing happens until you’ve observed those formalities.>>

This needs to be in every American guidebook!
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Old Jun 23rd, 2007, 01:31 PM
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This one's for you IRA!

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...toryId=4243755
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Old Jun 24th, 2007, 05:06 AM
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I have no idea who this guy is. I think that interview is terrific. Would he like a week in South west France so I can introduce him to the culture there?
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Old Jun 24th, 2007, 06:31 AM
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Cigalechanta...Many thanks for a fun Sunday read!!!

He is one of my favorites...and Ira I agree...I can't walk by Macy's and NOT think about David as an elf!!!
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Old Jun 24th, 2007, 06:37 AM
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"Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim" is the only book I've read by Sedaris--I very much enjoy his writing style and sense of humor. Thank you posting the link, cigale, very interesting to read his thoughts.
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