It's interesting to see the trajectory of David Sedaris' writing. I'm not the first one to say that I much prefer his earlier collections of stories and in this book, I can see the scales start to tip from funny, appreciative documenting of the foibles of humanity to a darker, meaner streak that really comes to a head in his latest offering Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary. Is it wealth and fame that turned Mr. Sedaris so nasty? The roots do appear in this collection, in which he travels "business elite" a lot and quits smoking because it prevents him from staying in fancy hotels. But that said, there are of course, some laugh out loud gems in here. I also really love reading about his trip to Japan and how he navigates simple tasks like trying to buy shampoo. I'm glad I read it, but I'm not going to read again, like I often do with Naked and Me Talk Pretty One Day.