David Sedaris

Calypso

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    What can I do to make him like me? I used to wonder. The harder I tried to mold myself into the sort of son I thought he wanted, the more contemptuous he became, and so eventually I quit trying and founded the opposition party, which I still lead to this day. Whatever he’s for, I’m against. Almost.
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    I’m not sure how it is in small families, but in large ones relationships tend to shift over time.
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    “The secret to Dad’s longevity isn’t diet or exercise, or even his genes,” I’ve often said to Paul and my sisters. “He’s just late for death, the way he’s been late for everything else all his life.”
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    The times I miss her most are when I see something she might have liked: a piece of jewelry or a painting. The view of a white sand beach off a balcony. Palm trees. How I’d have loved to spoil her with beautiful things.
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    I want to laugh. Then I want him to laugh and say, “Just kidding!” But he honestly believes all this and is frustrated that I won’t believe it as well. “Wake up!” he says.
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    I’m not saying you should dwell solely on the negative, but why blot it out entirely, especially in a social setting where it’s practically your duty to spark debate and lively conversation?
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    “Oh, now, she didn’t say that!”
    “Why not?” I asked.
    “Because it’s prejudiced.”
    “Of course it is, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t say it.”
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    “You will grow up to be a terrible person,” I told her. “I mean, more terrible than you are now. If that’s even possible.”
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    Then I realized that it didn’t mean anything. Opinions constantly shifted and evolved, were fluid the same way thoughts were.
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    Who does this—goes to the shows of people they’re supposed to be proud of and counts the empty seats?
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    If I were to master an instrument, or do anything creative with my life, I’d have to do it for myself, and myself only.
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    My father sighed. “The level of discourse here is definitely lacking.”
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    These were the sorts of conversations that should have begun years earlier. They needed foundations built brick by brick, and not just thwacked down whole.
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    All I had to do was open up to my best friend, and when she accepted it I saw that I could as well.
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    It was the same when we lived in Paris. Hugh regularly read the French papers. He listened to political shows on the radio, while I was, like, “Is he the same emperor we had last year?”
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    “People like it.”
    “Yes,” I always want to say, “but they’re the wrong people.”
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    With me, people aren’t thinking What did you say? so much as Why are you saying that?
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    I erase my Internet user history, not wanting to be identified as the person who would find this sort of thing entertaining—yet clearly being that person.
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    Anyone could tell that we were related, even someone from another planet who believed that humans were as indistinguishable from one another as acorns. At this particular moment of our lives, no one belonged together more than us.
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    Shopping with my sisters in Japan was like being in a pie-eating contest, only with stuff. We often felt sick. Dazed. Bloated. Vulgar. Yet never quite ashamed.
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