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Crafting and life with Amy Sedaris

With the number of shopping days until Christmas dwindling to a precious few, we have some advice for you. Actually, comedian and bestselling author Amy Sedaris does. She wants you to know it’s OK to make homemade gifts. She also thinks you need to know that it’s the making that matters, not the usefulness, or the attractiveness of the end product. We’re not sure she even thinks it’s the thought that counts.

It’s all covered in her new book “Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People,” a satirical yet somehow also earnest homage to American arts and crafts that just happened to land on the bestseller’s list. Sedaris’s fans know that she has a talent for laughing with you and at you at the same time. For those who aren’t familiar with her, here’s what you need to know about Amy Sedaris.

And for those who are looking for Amy’s answers to your online questions, check out this First Look video.

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  • Anthony

    I’m at a loss to find anything of interest in Ms. Sedaris and her work. Why is it she gets such serious treatment from PBS and NPR. Leonard Lopate, on NPR, who interviews cultural contributors like Phillip Roth, giggles along with Amy Sedaris as she describes things like crafting for poor people.
    Mr. Lopate, whom I hold in high regard, seems to consider her work as somehow serious satire. What I hear from her is nonsense. Beyond her cutesy elocution, I hear nothing worthy of the all air time she gets. Her commentary, to my ear, is sophomoric and lame. I would really like to hear a lot less from her.

  • Larryjines

    With all the issues we need to deal with that impact lives, why are you wasting your precious air time with Amy Sedaris. She’s interesting and funny but should be left for Larry King ‘fluff”. I was concerned when Bill Moyers left that we would get ‘serious news light/w entertainment’ and it seems you’re not disappointing.

  • GuestBrooke

    Since when is PBS not allowed to do stories about entertainers? Whether you personally like Sedaris or not, she’s a best-selling author and a popular pop culture personality. A lot of people think she’s very funny – including me. I really enjoyed this segment because it’s the only time I’ve seen Amy Sedaris give a half-way serious interview.

  • Colinguthrie78

    For the life of me, I cannot understand this breed of public television viewer that reacts to culture pieces with such venom.  I think it shows a real myopia on the part of these “open minded” folks.  Culture, even (gasp) pop culture is a very important part of what makes the world tick — and to say that PBS can’t handle this material because it doesn’t cut the very subjective muster of “seriousness” makes no sense to me.  This piece, while certainly not world-changing journalism actually says a lot of interesting things about America, and comedy.  More importantly, Sedaris’ work seems to be very much concerned with subverting a lot of the staid American social norms in some interesting and funny ways.  I think that’s noteworthy, and I think this piece expressed it well.  Be careful, fellow PBS viewers, of taking yourselves too seriously – it’s a big world out there and “importance” comes in many forms.  

  • Oni-ni-Kanabo/Alex

    all comedy is sophomoric and lame…get over yourself..Most people are not interested in listening to the stories of P.G. Wodehouse..I don’t necessarily care for her comedy..partly because I am attracted to the absurd and graphic musings of Lisa Lampanelli and childish ignorance of Brian Reagan. Point being you shouldn’t judge the character and intellectual qualities of people just because your funny bone isn’t tickled by a similar brand of comedy.

  • Dabriwei

    The thing with public radio/tv is they have something for everyone. Myself, I thoroughly enjoy Amy Sedaris. As with any comedian who delves heavily into satire, it’s easy and ultimately dismissive to say to her detractors that they just “don’t get it”.
    Thus, all I can say is just roll with it; I’m sure another interviewee will be on you’ll enjoy and I won’t.
    Happy Holidays!

  • get over yourself

    Anthony and Larryjines, Attitudes like yours are exactly why (sadly) many people in America don’t take PBS (and NPR) seriously. The STUFFY attitude, the belief that everything intellectual must be ‘chin rubby’ and ‘dead serious’. This turns many people off and then they switch to something like FOX news and get completely misinformed. But these are the VERY people that might benefit from NPR and PBS journalism.
    I am a big supporter of PBS and I think it is one of the only honest journalism platforms of it’s size left in America. Sadly it is not a journalism source for a majority of America. They prefer the large cable network news. Sometimes you need something light to act as a trojan horse in which to package the more ‘serious’ journalism.
    As for this particular Amy Sedaris story; I do find her (and her brother’s) work to be valid and interesting commentary on American family culture). If you can’t see the subtleties of comedy as an intellectual platform than you might not be as smart as you fancy yourself.