Skip the details, add violence

David Sedaris reminisces at The Age about his early training in the art of storytelling:

Competitive storytelling was a skill David Sedaris learned in a household of six children. Everyone wanted their mother’s attention, but if their after-school stories went on too long she complained: “You are boring me to death.” “You had to be fast, efficient and as interesting as possible,” says Sedaris. “Saying the teacher had slapped Mike, even if it didn’t happen, was more interesting than going on endlessly about some minor dispute.”


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