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David Rakoff (1964–2012)

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David Rakoff was born in Montreal, Canada on November 27, 1964. He received a bachelor's degree in East Asian studies from Columbia University in 1986. He briefly worked in Japan as a translator before being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. He moved back to Canada for more than a year of vis mere treatment and remained free of cancer for two decades. Before becoming a full-time writer, he worked as an editor and publicist for various publishers. His essays appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, GQ, Details, Salon, and Slate. He also wrote three essay collections. Fraud and Don't Get Too Comfortable received Lambda Literary Awards and Half Empty received the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He appeared frequently on This American Life. He also acted in several stage plays written by David Sedaris. He wrote the screen adaptation for, and starred in, a 20-minute film, The New Tenants, which won the Academy Award for best live-action short film in 2009. He died from cancer on August 9, 2012 at the age of 47. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006 (2006) — Bidragyder — 758 eksemplarer
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The Best American Travel Writing 2007 (2007) — Bidragyder — 159 eksemplarer

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I kind of wish I liked this more than I do. There are some really lovely moments here and there, but I found it didn't hang together quite as well as it could've.
rknickme | 25 andre anmeldelser | Mar 31, 2024 |
This is going to sound like an insult, but I sincerely mean it as a compliment. I love listening to this right before bed because it helps me sleep. David Rakoff's voice is soft and calm. Even when he's uncomfortable and being subjected to indignities I find this soothing.
LibrarianDest | 44 andre anmeldelser | Jan 3, 2024 |
First off, I really like the cynical (in all senses) and pessimistic (in most senses) point of view that Rakoff brings to most subjects. I enjoyed Don't Get Too Comfortable quite a bit.

So, having presented my credentials :), I must say that this collection was definitely weaker. The essays seemed to all follow a similar pattern of "90 degree turns": he will jump setting/subject/anecdote abruptly, half way through (and perhaps more than once) before bringing things to a close. And he does wrap things up rather than just leave you hanging; he is a skilled writer. As a device here or there such jumps are acceptable, even adding style; as a stylistic tick or habit, however, it gets a bit annoying.

The final essay is not at all pessimistic; it is real, raw even, and 'touching' (a word I don't think I've ever actually used before.) That essay, and my overall like for his conversational style, gives this collection three stars rather than two.
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dcunning11235 | 18 andre anmeldelser | Aug 12, 2023 |



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