The Thurber Prize for American Humor- Me Talk Pretty One Day


  • Who: named after James Thurber who wrote The Secret Life of Walter Mitty; he was a “humorist, cartoonist, author, playwright, and journalist.”
  • What: contributions to humor writing
  • When: since 1997; awardee annually since 2004
  • Prize: $5,000 and a plaque
  • Other winners:


David Sedaris is hilarious! I’ve known who he is for a long time but I’ve never read his books. This book is a collection of essays about his life.

After a few months in my parent’s basement, I took an apartment near the state university, where I discovered both crystal methamphetamine and conceptual art. Either one of those things is dangerous, but in combination they have the potential to destroy entire civilizations.

Sometimes you can’t tell if what he’s writing is real or fake because he bases it off his real life. Some things sound too fanatical to be true. However, that doesn’t make the book any less fun because you really do laugh at loud at the things he says. I would definitely read this for humor, but don’t start reading it with high expectations. Just know that you will laugh and it will be enjoyable and sometimes that’s all we need.

If you happen to live there, it’s always refreshing to view Manhattan from afar. Up close the city constitutes an oppressive series of staircases, but from a distance it inspires fantasies of wealth and power so profound that even our communists are temporarily rendered speechless.

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