David Sedaris on easter.

Audio books are currently helping me through the workload. David Sedaris' Me Talk Pretty One Day is one of them. He's second generation greek-american, in one chapter moves to France with his boyfriend. He can't speak a word apart from "bottleneck" so he goes to classes.

In one of them, a muslim student has trouble understanding the concept of Easter.
Some students offer a Christian perspective:

"He call his self Jesus and then he be die one day on two morsels of lumber."
"He die one day and then he go above my head to live with your father."
"He weared of himself the long hair and after he die, the first day he come back here for to say hello to the peoples."
"He nice, the Jesus."
"He make the good things, and on the Easter we be sad because somebody make him dead today."

David and his teacher start talking about food:

Easter is a party for to eat of the lamb ... one too, may eat of the chocolate.

who brings the chocolate?

the rabbit of Easter, he bring of the chocolate.

a rabbit? a rabbit rabbit?

sure, he come in the night when one sleep on a bed, with a hand he have a basket and foods.

no no, here in France the chocolate is brought by a big bell that flies in from rome.

I called for a time out - but how does the bell know where you live?

well, how does a rabbit?

At least a rabbit has eyes. They move from place to place. The easter rabbit has character - he's someone you'd like to meet and shake hands with.

Who wants to stay up and wait for a bell? There is no way the bells of France would allow a foreign worker to fly in and take their jobs. The Roman bell would be lucky to clean up after the French bell's dog, and even then it would need papers. It just doesn't add up.


Blogger alex bkbk said...


also amazing that you did a themed post!

17/4/06 00:59  

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