He has the formula to being memorable

“If you could have one superpower, what superpower would you choose?” she asked. I thought about it for a moment. What would you have answered?

I was expecting the usual interview question like β€œWhat are your strengths and weaknesses?” or β€œWhat makes you the best candidate for this job?”. Out of all interview questions I’ve ever been asked, the superpower question is one of the most memorable ones.

I wonder, what makes a thing or a person memorable? Is there a formula to being memorable?  

David Sedaris is a very memorable, interesting person (in addition to being a humor writer). The first time I watched David Sedaris being interviewed, I was hooked with his persona and wanted to learn more about him.

I watched one of his interviews because I heard that he’s a funny writer. I was actually in search for another formula, the how-to-be-funny formula. 

In an interview, Stephen Colbert asks David what life wisdom he’s going to share with a graduating class. David’s life wisdom: be cautious of the scented candles you buy because only a couple scented candles are worth buying. (Both are French brands which I’d never heard about.)

Before he answered, I was expecting a serious message of wisdom. Then I realized that despite his answer not being serious or expected, it’s true advice. It reminded me of candles I’ve bought in the past that didn’t live up to their expectations.

David has the formula to being memorable. He gives out-of-ordinary answers and asks out-of-ordinary questions. If there’s a formula to being memorable, it’s to be unexpected + different.

What’s the most memorable question that you’ve ever been asked? If you’ve read David’s books, do you have any recs? I’m still deciding what book of his to read first.

Your amiga, 


20 thoughts on “He has the formula to being memorable

  1. I’m not the biggest fan of the “superpower” question. I just want it all. I feel that once you pick one thing, you’re limiting yourself. Usually, I go with something like flying or teleportation because I enjoy seeing new places, visiting people that are scattered around the world, and hate traffic.

    So, what did you answer?

    Regarding David, I’ve heard only good things about his books, but remember picking one up and not really enjoying it as much as I thought I would. I don’t remember the title.

    Memorable… it can go a few different directions. Very evil people can be memorable because of the pain they have caused us. Also, the opposite – we might find the kindest people most worthy of remembrance. I don’t really try to be memorable, but I wouldn’t mind if people remembered me for my loyalty, honesty, creativity, spontaneity.

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