Publish date: September 21st 2010
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
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If there was a patron saint of defensive pessimism it should be David Rakoff, although as a secular gay Jewish man selection for beatification would be a long shot.In his last collection of essays he writes about the internet bubble, visiting Disney's House of Tomorrow, his failed movie career, the ...
This is actually more like 3.75 stars, but I want to make clear that this is by far my favorite of his books.
I did not think this was quite as good as the first book by the author that I listened to Don't Get Too Comfortable: the Indignities of Coach Class, the Torments of Low Thread Count, the Never- Ending Quest for Artisanal Olive Oil, and Other First World Problems but there were some interesting thoug...
I was not familiar with David Rakoff prior to reading this book. During the first piece I thought, "Meh. He's not as funny as David Sedaris". Upon reading further, I realized that funny isn't the point. Rakoff is far more journalistic (in the reportage sense), and less of a memoirist. (I know, ...
Through the use of a series of occasionally seeming unrelated chapters, Rakoff uses humor, often tongue in cheek and dry, to expose and sometimes demolish our most common reactions to random events in our lives. His subject matter often pushes the envelope exposing us to thoughts we might not be com...