As the bestselling humorist David Sedaris describes in his new "real-ish" essay collection, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, turning 50 was not just another birthday—it was more like a death sentence. Looking back on the last 25 years, he writes: "How had 9,125 relatively uneventful days passed so quickly, and how can I keep it from happening again?" Tonight at the grand Avery Fisher Hall, expect Sedaris to ponder an assortment of midlife-crisis quandaries and share his favorite Christmas anecdotes from his 1997 book Holidays on Ice, which was just re-released with a few new stories.
Mon., Dec. 15, 8 p.m., 2008

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