Re: Litter Picker Upper

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"Someday, I'll be rich and famous, and I can move somewhere nobody knows me and spend nine hours a day wandering around with a bag of garbage!"


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08- 1-14 1:31 PM
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Huh, he's speaking in Provincetown tonight. SOld out.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 08- 1-14 1:49 PM
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Mavid Bedaris


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 08- 1-14 1:55 PM
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Dude, the English countryside has way more litter than most of the US (anecdotally). I think it might be down to lack of prisoners/people sentenced to community service/etc picking it up? I can't imagine that Americans actually litter less than the English.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08- 1-14 1:59 PM
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People know who he is. He's fairly regularly on the radio, and now and again on TV. Not famous famous. But not a total unknown.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 08- 1-14 2:13 PM
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5: not the people who run the paper in West Sussex, apparently.

Or, I mean, now they know.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08- 1-14 2:15 PM
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I can't imagine that Americans actually litter less than the English

I don't have any trouble imagining that.


Posted by: idp | Link to this comment | 08- 1-14 2:28 PM
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The English might have never had a crying Italian guy shaming them.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08- 1-14 2:29 PM
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South Downs and the Orange Vest of the Eponymous Sedaris.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08- 1-14 3:52 PM
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Although presumably he doesn't wear one.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08- 1-14 3:55 PM
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The English might have never had a crying Italian guy shaming them

I assume Fabio Capello doesn't count for some reason.


Posted by: Turgid Jacobian | Link to this comment | 08- 1-14 4:55 PM
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And yet they paid him no attention and gave him a homely sans serif font instead of Roman


Posted by: grackle | Link to this comment | 08- 1-14 7:32 PM
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The best part of this is the update the paper published the next day when they learned he was famous, entitled "World following for Horsham district litter picking 'hero'".


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08- 1-14 9:20 PM
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Sorry, who's the eponymous Sedaris, and what's named after him (apart from a garbage truck in Sussex)?


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 08- 2-14 2:25 AM
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Sedaris was once Crumpet the Elf in the
Macy's Christmas display. He tells the story in his Santaland Diaries.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 08- 2-14 3:44 AM
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14: He gained fame for his humorous autobiographical sketches on the american radio program This American Life. Then he moved to France with his boyfriend. They moved to England. He does seem to be on the radio some; I heard him on Start the Week once.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 08- 2-14 4:28 AM
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I love 15.1 as a response to 14. Blah blah, author, whatever: he worked at Santaland! In New York!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08- 2-14 4:30 AM
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Also grew up here in North Carolina.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08- 2-14 6:04 AM
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Also Amy is truly the more comedic genius sibling.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08- 2-14 6:22 AM
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Humorous autobiographical sketches is fair, I suppose, but understates how interesting he is.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 08- 2-14 6:44 AM
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New Yorker humor writer notably cleans up trash is not a new story.


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 08- 2-14 9:05 AM
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19 is true but David is still pretty funny.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 08- 2-14 9:27 AM
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I thought chris y was making a joke, but if not, the answer is: the least funny person alive.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 08- 2-14 9:34 AM
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23 is bullshit.


Posted by: Andy Borowitz | Link to this comment | 08- 2-14 11:07 AM
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It occurs to me that he has assimilated perfectly by becoming a classic English character, the good-natured eccentric.


Posted by: emir | Link to this comment | 08- 2-14 11:20 AM
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24 is persuasive.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 08- 2-14 11:24 AM
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I concede the point.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 08- 2-14 11:37 AM
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20: Well, I didn't say that's all he does--just that that's how he got to be really well known.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 08- 2-14 11:46 AM
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||

Oh my god: Grover Norquist is going to Burning Man this year.

Burning Man relies on a "giving economy" where attendees are encouraged to give goods and services free of charge--a system that Harvey has called "old-fashioned capitalism." And this is hardly the first instance of capitalists like Norquist being drawn to Burning Man. In recent years, Silicon Valley's elite, including Google CEO Eric Schmidt, have flocked to the event.
Norquist says the festival is a good example of the theory of spontaneous order. The theory, which was promoted by Austrian economists like Friedrich Hayek, holds that a natural structure will emerge out of a seemingly chaotic environment without need for outside intervention.
"There's no government that organizes this," Norquist said. "That's what happens when nobody tells you what to do. You just figure it out. So Burning Man is a refutation of the argument that the state has a place in nature."

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Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08- 2-14 12:25 PM
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29: Yes, no govt. It's just put together by an organization that collects money and coordinates the building and removal of a temporary city long with the necessary services such as waste management, fire, and law enforcement. Totally different!


Posted by: gswift | Link to this comment | 08- 2-14 12:35 PM
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30: Right, plus fire fighting staff, first aid stations .. oh, but you said that.

It's a case of people mistaking anarchism (properly understood) for a libertarian utopia.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08- 2-14 12:44 PM
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Holy crap, I hope he's ... offended. I guess I hope he's offended by the non-Christian sensibilities on display.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08- 2-14 12:51 PM
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30: And on federal land, under a permit from the Bureau of Land Management, no less!


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08- 2-14 2:41 PM
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24 is right, but I guess once he got Alfonso Ribeiro to dance funny on television there were no more worlds to conquer.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 08- 2-14 3:43 PM
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Sorry, who's the eponymous Sedaris, and what's named after him (apart from a garbage truck in Sussex)?

It may help to imagine Alan Bennett, but American.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 08- 2-14 4:14 PM
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