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boomer1949 On December - 24 - 2009

I had never heard of David Sedaris or his alter ego, Crumpet the elf, until last year; and I listen to NPR all the time.  Okay, so I’m an NPR geek; what can I say?

On December 25, 2008, I was driving in Ohio from Cincinnati to Columbus and surfing radio stations for something to listen to other than Christmas carols.  The search landed on an NPR station somewhere between the two cities. It was then I heard the  “Santaland Diaries” for the very first time.   What I discovered was the hilarious recounting of Mr. Sedaris’ experiences as Crumpet the Elf when he worked at Macy’s in New York.

His narration has become a holiday tradition at NPR.  Since we’re all in different time zones, and some of us can not receive NPR,  here is David Sedaris (aka Crumpet the elf), interviewed first by Steve Inskeep, and then reading from his “Santaland Diaries.”


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Written by boomer1949

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  1. Chernynkaya says:

    I first heard Sedaris on “This American Life” and have loved him ever since then. He’s a gem! Thanks for putting this up-- he’s hilarious!

  2. boomer1949 says:

    abs :-)

    If I understand the operations here, Speaker’s Corner is open for anything as long as the rules of engagement are followed (all that stuff is under FAQ). I think you can write or address just about anything. Morning Blog (when Kalima is in) starts out everyday on the main and then moves to SC after 9 am EST. You’ll notice Morning Blog has almost 800 comments…we’re all very verbose.

    How to wrap Wellies or how were your holidays are game; and you’re right most of us have something to vent. That said, AdLib, nellie, K7, and I believe Kalima are the go to brilliant creators of Planet, and I do defer to them if you have anymore questions. I’m still a newbie and haven’t been around long enough to answer questions with certainty or clarity.

    AdLib? You there?

  3. escribacat says:

    Hi Boomer, I saw the Santaland Diaries a couple years ago — the play — in Denver. It was very funny.

  4. abby4ever says:

    Is there an open thread here at Planet where we can post just anything, rather than use someone’s article, I mean use their reply space (which isn’t at all the thing!)?

    • boomer1949 says:

      Oh, and Morning Blog, Monday through Friday. It’s the most open. Dear Kalima is responsible, however this week has been an exception.

      Normally, Morning Blog is on the Main, until 9am EST, I think? Then it goes to Speaker’s Corner, but still open.

      AdLib, please correct me if I’m wrong; don’t want to misinform.

    • boomer1949 says:

      Speaker’s Corner…sometimes I forget to go there first.

      • abby4ever says:

        Hi boomer! Merry Christmas. Where do I find Speaker’s Corner, is it on Dashboard?

        • boomer1949 says:


          I so want to call you abs, after the abby in NCIS because that’s what Gibbs (Mark Harmon) calls her. Okay, OT.

          Speaker’s Corner is right above the video up top. Just scroll up and look right…video…look up and there it will be.

          • abby4ever says:

            You can call me abs if you want, some of my friends at uni do. But not because of NCIS.

            (Forgive my ignorance but what is NCIS?)

            • boomer1949 says:

              Not to worry, I only watch because of Mark Harmon :-)

              Bios of everyone and “Abs” is there as well…


              Did you find Speaker’s Corner?

            • escribacat says:

              Abby, Speakers Corner is on the title bar up top in the green section. Just click on Speaker’s Corner and then click on Click Here to Write a Post.

            • abby4ever says:

              Yes, and thank you. I feel like starting a little Christmas thread, where people can just unload about the stress of Christmas…or celebrate a stress-free Christmas…or something inbetween.

              Nothing fancy.

              (Has anyone ever tried to giftwrap Wellingtons? I mean where you don’t have the box. If not, don’t.)

              But maybe that sort of thing should be on or at Speaker’s Corner?

              Please inform.

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