Author, playwright and spoken-word artist David Sedaris isnt interested in moralizing. His not-for-children book Squirrel Seeks Chip-munk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer) features animals acting out some of the less-than-admirable characteristics that make us, for better or for worse, human. Sedaris has called Aesops fables unrealistically black and white, noting that todays world is made up of various shades of gray. He claims that in Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, it isnt the difference between good and bad that interests him, but rather the difference between bad and horrible.
Not only is Sedaris one of Americas great humorists (he has six New York Times bestselling books to his credit), he is also a gifted performer. No author since Williams S. Burroughs has possessed a speaking voice so identified with his or her own written words. Not surprisingly, Sedaris gained his early notoriety thanks to recurring appearances on NPRs Morning Edition, where he recounted his experiences as a Macys Christmas elf. Fans fell in love with both the voice and the writing. The timbre and timing of Sedariss delivery somehow makes his more mean-spirited lines come across as self-deprecating. For fans of frank, politically incorrect, yet emotionally poignant, satire, this Houston appearance will be a treat. 8 p.m. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-227-4772 or visit www.spahouson.org. $24 to $59.
Tue., April 19, 2011