Undecided Voters

John Gru­ber, in Blaz­ing Fire­ball point­ed out this hys­ter­i­cal pas­sage from a short essay by David Sedaris in the New York­er Mag­a­zine (in their fea­ture, Shouts and Mur­murs — !) called sim­ply ‘Unde­cid­ed’ and I had to quote it as well:

To put them in per­spec­tive, I think of being on an air­plane. The flight atten­dant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, even­tu­al­ly, parks it beside my seat. “Can I inter­est you in the chicken?” she asks. “Or would you pre­fer the plat­ter of shit with bits of bro­ken glass in it?”

To be unde­cid­ed in this elec­tion is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chick­en is cooked.

3 Replies to “Undecided Voters”

  1. While I’m a big fan of David Sedaris, he (like most vot­ers whose vot­ing pat­tern was pre-deter­mined years or decades before the cur­rent can­di­dates were nom­i­nat­ed) con­fus­es think­ing about the impor­tant issue of who to vote for (which many unde­cid­eds are doing) with not think­ing about it (which, by def­i­n­i­tion, most decid­eds have stopped doing). My reply to Mr. Sedaris can be found at http://www.undecidedman.com under “Naivite”.

  2. While some peo­ple allow hack­neyed details to par­a­lyzes their deci­sion mak­ing process, in this elec­tion there are clear fun­da­men­tal dif­fer­ences behind the can­di­date which make this choice an easy one. 

    Trav­el writer Rick Steves had David Sedaris on his audio pod­cast recent­ly telling anec­dotes about time spent in France and Japan in his wit­ty, nasal­ly style.

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