David Sedaris tells Terry Gross about the nasty thoughts he writes down in his journals:
But, see, that’s the thing about a diary: you’re just sitting down and you think, “God, I saw so-and-so yesterday and I hope my hair never looks like that,” and then if you died, I just think of how hurt they would be to think you spent all this time criticizing them but you weren’t — it was just the thought that passed through your mind.
… I don’t know that I would be hurt by something like that I just worry that other people would [be] if they were to read negative things about themselves. I say that to [my partner] Hugh. Like, “If I die and you start reading my diaries and you see something bad about yourself, keep going because there’s some really good things about you in there too, you just have to skim forward a little bit.”
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