Wednesday, September 10, 2008


“Ashes” by David Sedaris is a terrible story. In fact, I wouldn't go so far to call it a story because it has no plot. First its about him realizing he is gay. Then its about him not wanting his siblings to ever get married. Then its about him not liking his father. Then its about his sister getting married. Then it is about cancer, and you can see why by that point I was about ready to stop reading. The story has no idea where it is going, and if it weren't required reading for a class, I would burn the story and flush the ashes down the toilet to ensure that this piece of garbage never got in the hands of any other person who would come by my desk and notice it and decide to pick it up.. Maybe thats why its called ashes. Because it makes the reader want to burn it. This story has no plot, and is poorly written.


At September 16, 2008 at 6:13 AM , Blogger Lauren K. Hansen said...

OK - you obviously have some strong feelings, and a desire to interest us readers by using inflammatory language. That's cool. Only - next time it would be really helpful if you could pin-point what exactly you think was so bad. Yes - Sedaris does touch on many subjects - but why does this bother you? Was it just the length of the piece? There is so much good emotion here - but it would be better served with some specifics.


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