This week The Verb examines the idea and form of the 'anecdote', and delves into the diaries of the writer David Sedaris for rich examples of story-telling. Sedaris is the author of books including 'Me Talk Pretty One Day', and he has just published 'Theft by Finding: Diaries: Volume One' (Little Brown). 'Meet David Sedaris' has just started a new series on Radio 4. Sarah Churchwell is the Professor of Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of London and the author of Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby (Virago) - she explains why 'The Great Gatsby' was once reviewed as being 'in form no more than a glorified anecdote'. Poet George Szirtes explains the pleasure of the Hungarian anecdote and the role of the anecdote in poetry. Songwriter Boo Hewerdine is inspired by Dorothy Parker's short poem 'Anecdote' to write a brand new song. Presenter Ian McMillan Producer: Faith Lawrence.