Giant Dreams Midget Abilities By David Sedaris

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In his essay “Giant Dreams, Midget Abilities,” David Sedaris provides an account of his life at age twelve with indications that he was an acquiescent boy. He always seemed fearful to challenge authority and to clearly say how he felt about doing things he didn’t want to do. For example, his father, being very enthusiastic about jazz music, told him about his experience at the Blue Note; instead of admitting that he didn’t really care, David said “I bet that was really something” (16-17). His father afterward dreamed that David and his sisters, Lisa and Gretchen, would become jazz musicians; so, despite his lack of desire to be one, his father bought him a guitar and signed him up for lessons at a music shop, where he tried to feign illness

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