Writing Can Be Murder

October 11, 2007

I’m a terrible reader

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 10:39 am

So this morning I had a discussion with the service manager of my car dealer about David Sedaris. (seriously, I’m thinking that discussing a gay humorist with your mechanic sounds like the subject of a humorous essay, don’t you?) And we talked about how much fun it is to listen to Sedaris read his stuff aloud.

Hang on a sec: If you don’t know who  David Sedaris is,  google his name or “Me Talk Pretty One Day” (which is my favorite book of his) and you’ll find one of his essays, or go to NPR, search their archives and LISTEN to Sedaris read.

Anyway Sedaris has both a unique writing voice and a unique speaking voice, which when combined, are utterly hilarious.

On the other hand, I am, depending on who you ask, “a low talker” (my sister’s term) “a throat talker” (my husband’s term) or just a plain monotone speaker (according to just about everyone else, including myself). I suck at reading aloud, therefore I am a terrible reader.



  1. I’ve been told I don’t hear very well, but I don’t think you’re a monotone speaker. I do think the ability to read aloud effectively is a gift – for instance the woman who reads the snippets of the winning books at the Golden Heart awards – she manages to make every book sound intriguing and completely hysterical. I’d love for her to read some of my stuff one day.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — October 11, 2007 @ 3:10 pm

  2. Yes, she is an awesome reader.

    Ever wonder if I talked all night in our room at the conference and you just didn’t hear me? lol

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — October 11, 2007 @ 8:30 pm

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