AMY SEDARIS GETS THE LAST WORD
Getting Homey With The Fairer Sedaris

I'm always oblivious if people recognize me from TV or from my brother David's books. I just never pay attention like that. I don't really get bothered. But when people do approach me, they feel they know me from his books, which is fine. It is me. Everyone I know really likes David, and I think they feel like they already know him. They ask me if the stories are true, usually—and they are! Sometiffies he might change a name, or something will happen to one sister but he makes it the other sister for the story.

There's a list of people who get called in to Late Night With David Letterman (sic) in case something happens and a guest can't make it, and I'm on that list. I try to go on three or four times a year. The reason I like to be on and they like having me on the show is that I never have anything to promote. And I've always wondered about that. How does that make him feel that people use his show to promote shit? That must suck. But this is the first time I'll be going on to promote something. So my idea is to just be relentless.

I don't consider myself a domestic expert. My new book, I Like You: Hospitality Under The Influence, is just my way that I'm sharing with people. It's more about practical stuff, like using your shower rod to hold coats if you don't have any room in your apartment, or using your ironing board as a minibar.

I don't have big theme parties or big occasions. I have people over for dinner. I make sure the ball's always up, and that people are happy and talking. I've had a few incidents where the parties weren't too successful, which I write about. I explain why it happened and how to prevent it.

I got interested in baking when I was a kid. We cooked a lot in Girl 5couts. My mom was a big cook. In fact, everyone in my family cooks. I still make my Dusty Food cupcakes when I can, and Gourmet Garage in New York sells my cheese balls.

This book has been a lot of work. I hired a team to help me. Nobody was experienced in what they were doing. That's what made it better. It's like when you know a lot of talented people, but they just need the opportunity. That's what this crew was. They all got paid. I bought a time clock and I made them clock in and out as a joke. And I wouldn't let two friends take a cigarette break together. I turned my kitchen into the employee smoking lounge. Ifl saw two people in there and I thought they were talking about me, I'd separate' em.

I art-directed the whole thing. It was like directing a movie. We filmed everything in my apartment. Then I got all the pieces. No one who worked on the book has seen any of it finished. I've been working with these two kid designers. I don't know how old they are. I don't wanna know till the project is over.

As for Strangers With Candy, it's definitely easier to do things dressed up as Jerri Blank than it would be as myself. It's easy when you do anything in a character, especially a litde broad. You can use her to hide behind I might not want to do anything sexy as Amy, but if Jerri Blank is trying to be sexy, it's easy. As far as the characters go, it's like my co-star Paul Dinello says-they're like scabs and they just keep reappearing like some weird kind of skin rash. So who knows if there's more for them in the future.

I usually wear whatever is comfortable. No matter what, I'm not gonna dress uncomfortable and say, "Well, this will be okay for tonight." I like elastic. A lot. A lot. I'm a big bloater.

I go shopping in spurts. I haven't been shopping in a really long time since I've been working on the book. So I'm really out of it right now and it feels kinda good. I have no idea what's "in."  I haven't seen any magazines. I've been living in a hole for two years. I'm almost like a cave man. I don't know what's going on.

Spice up your home life with Amy's book, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, out on Warner Books this October.

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