With Amy Sedaris’s 2006 bestseller, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, the comedienne and expert baker found herself playing the role of America’s strangest and most endearing hostess. She reveres the days when entertaining was “charmingly old-fashioned, like courtship or back alley abortions.” Sedaris again assumes the part of whacked-out domestic goddess with her latest book, Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People. She continues to mine the bizarre by rewriting the rules for craft cutesiness with projects like pom-pom ringworms and through advice on how to avoid feather asphyxia. It’s hard to tell which crafter’s got more street cred: Sedaris, with her crab-claw roach clips, or Martha Stewart, with her five months in prison.
SEDARIS SPEAKS AT 7 P.M. AT SIXTH & I HISTORIC SYNAGOGUE, 600 I ST. NW. $30, INCLUDES COPY OF SIMPLE TIMES. (202) 408-3100.