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Funny essays inspired by tragedy and family

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When American humorist David Sedaris' beach house was recently destroyed by a hurricane, his reaction was: "Oh good, I have an ending to my story."

Many of the essays in his latest book, Calypso (2018), are set in The Sea Section, a humorously named house he bought for his family on the North Carolina coast.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 30, 2018, with the headline 'Funny essays inspired by tragedy and family'. Print Edition | Subscribe