By Mandi Bierly
June 06, 2008 at 08:50 PM EDT

So I’m reading Steve Daly’s revealing Q&A with David Sedaris, who just released another collection of essays, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and I get to this exchange:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Of all the things you’ve written, you may be best known for ”The SantaLand Diaries,” which, of course, is about working at Macy’s as an elf. Do you ever get tired watching as that story is hauled out on National Public Radio and in bookstores every single year at holiday time?
David Sedaris: I wrote that thing so long ago, and I think it’s really choppy, and it embarrasses me to read it. It got turned into a play, too, which never really worked. It’s okay for the radio, but … there’s no point in staging it.
But people love that story!
One is lucky if one has something that resonates and that works that way… but I turn on things once they’re no longer fluid, once I can’t change them any more.

Now, I’m feeling guilty that “‘The SantaLand Diaries” is still my favorite of Sedaris’ tales, and that I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Timothy Olyphant perform it off-Broadway in 1996. (His delivery was as good as you’re thinking.)

So, what’s your favorite Sedaris story?

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