If you are suspecting that your friend, the writer, is quietly storing observations to use in some future piece, you are right. David Sedaris has figured out how to expose all those traits without pointing a finger; just make the characters animals.
No one will ever know who he is talking about in Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary – will they? Do you know anyone who pretends to know what you are talking about, when they really don’t have a clue? Someone who would tell you what you want to hear, even if he/she didn’t believe it – and all that jazz?
Starting with relatively tame needling, the topics get progressively sharper and sometimes ruthless. These fables are nonfiction – with the Sedaris trademark of caustic comedy. Like Aesop, Sedaris has a message in each of his tales – for everyone out there who acts like an animal or knows someone who does.
- David Sedaris takes on fables in Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk (charlestoncitypaper.com)