Stories of how people cope after brushes with death. Sometimes death comes as a disease. Sometimes it swims up and bites you. And sometimes it's a pen or pencil, sitting there, just waiting for you to ingest it.
In July, Tig was diagnosed with cancer. A week later she went on stage on
Los Angeles and did a now-legendary set about her string of misfortunes.
This is an excerpt of the full performance, which is available for download
at Louis CK's web site. (13 minutes)
Tim Kreider almost died after he was stabbed in the throat. But that wasn't
nearly as interesting as the year that followed. A version of this essay
appears in Tim's most recent book, We Learn Nothing. (4 minutes)
Students in a French language class in Paris try to explain holiday customs to a woman from Morocco, and somehow everything they describe sounds utterly improbable. A true story from writer David Sedaris, recorded before a live audience at a reading for City Arts and Lectures in San Francisco.