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A Trash Collector Accused of 'Theft By Finding': David Sedaris on Upcoming Book, Litter Obsession

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Hugh Hamrick
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When he's not writing bestselling books like When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, or reading essays on NPR, David Sedaris is walking alongside roads in England, picking up cans and candy bar wrappers and trash. Nobody asks him to do it, and nobody pays him--he's simply obsessed with picking up litter. In this interview, he explains how that obsession inspired the title of his next book, Theft By Finding. 

He also talks about the oddball inscriptions that accompany his autographs when he does signings for fans. (One couple he tells us about were very, very offended by something he wrote.)

Fans will soon have a chance to meet Sedaris here in Chattanooga. On 10/21, he'll do a live reading at the Tivoli. More information about the event is here.

Here's an inscription he wrote in my copy of When You Are Engulfed in Flames.

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What does this mean? In this interview, Sedaris finally reveals it to me...

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