i love the same stories by sloane crosby (the ponies) and david sedaris (stadium pal et al.), so dood is all good in my books, even if i didn’t completely agree with all of his choices here.
“Here was my thinking. Whenever you come out with a ‘best of’ list, you’re bound to irritate people, and by ‘people’, I mean the people you’ve left off the list and their relatives. They start bad-mouthing it, which forces other people (me, and my many Internet aliases) to defend it. If you’re lucky, the controversy goes viral and lots of people start arguing about who deserves to be on the list and who doesn’t.” (xiii)
“Finally, I haven’t written introductions to the individual pieces because I’d rather let the writing speak for itself. To get back to the playlist analogy: explaining what makes a song amazing is a pretty amazing way to wreak a song. That’s why when I have a part I just put my iPod in the dock and shut my piehole.” (xv)
i also heart his method. heart heart.