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Summer of Love: David Sedaris, “I Like Guys”

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This week we’re discussing David Sedaris’s essay “I Like Guys,” about an early gay experience at summer camp and how much effort the young Sedaris spent trying to keep his sexuality under wraps. The piece comes from his book Naked, though you can also listen to him read it, for free, on an episode of This American Life. We talk about some of the controversies around Sedaris’s work, including this 2007 New Republic piece accusing him of fabricating details in his stories, and more recent dust-ups over his decision to write about the suicide of his sister.

Also this week: America’s favorite TV couples. Plus we answer a listener question about fighting with your romantic partner. How much bickering and annoyance should you tolerate in a relationship? At what point is it time to bail? If you want to ask us a love-related question, send us an email, or hit us up on Twitter. But get them in soon, because the Summer of Love, sadly, won’t last forever.

Our episode this week is sponsored by a listener, Mike Prask, whose essay, “The Big Deal,” you can purchase as an Amazon single. The piece is about his daughter, who suffers from Rett Syndrome, a severe neurological condition that affects one in every 10,000 girls. All the proceeds from sales of the essay will be donated to The Rett Syndrome Research Trust. You can read more from Mike at his website, where he blogs regularly about his life and his daughter.

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