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"When you’re twenty-two you’re not an expert on any-fucking-thing" - Billy Connolly

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It’s called that because I was signing books a couple of years ago, and I was signing for this woman, and she was - every now and then, somebody will be kind of pushy, right. And they want you write something specific in the book.

And I just picture every book winding up at Goodwill, and I don’t have a problem with that, OK. But I don’t want it - I imagine someone at Goodwill opening one of my books and then seeing an inscription that says: Keep laughing. Now, I would never write that in someone’s book, right.

And I would never read a book in which somebody had inscribed keep laughing. So this woman wanted me to write to her daughter: Explore your possibilities. And I said, well, I’ll keep the word explore. And then I wrote: let’s explore diabetes - then I thought I’m not done yet - with owls. And then I thought: That’s the title of my book. So that’s where the title came out of.

I just think - and I’ve got to tell you, I’m so pleased with it as a book title. I love hearing other people say it.

David Sedaris on why his book is called “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” (via NPR)

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