Longtime This American Life contributor David Rakoff died of cancer last August, inspiring a deeply moving tribute episode from Ira Glass and company. Now, in anticipation of the release of Rakoff’s posthumous first novel Love, Dishonor,...Show More Summary
David Rakoff, award-winning humorist and regular This American Life contributor, died of cancer in August 2012. Just eleven months… Read More
Essayist David Sedaris will serve as a special guest host on the Selected Shorts radio show from April 28th to May 26th. The organizers behind Sedaris’ segments plan to broadcast a tribute to David Rakoff, a celebration of Dorothy Parker,...Show More Summary
“Literature matters: Does reading make you smarter?” Related posts: I work nine to five and ain’t a damn thing changed Jeff Chang, whose Can’t Stop Wont Stop I just can’t... “When God speaks, he sounds just like David Rakoff did.” Following...Show More Summary
The writer, actor and artist was most talented at being a friend.
I've been rereading Tom Wolfe's "The Painted Word" in Kindle the last couple days, and I ran across a great passage that shed light on something in that collection of essays I keep pushing, David Rakoff's "Half Empty." First, Rakoff: An...Show More Summary
The video includes a story by longtime contributor David Rakoff who died earlier this year read more
The Guardian posted a short story from Alice Munro’s new collection. Related posts: Attention Alice Munro Fans Good news: There’s a new Alice Munro collection coming this... “When God speaks, he sounds just like David Rakoff did.” Following...Show More Summary
Emily Landau examines how the late David Rakoff and Hitchens both managed to shift the debate on dying: Gone are the ethereal martyrs dying with smiles on their faces as they meet God. Death, for blessed heretics like Rakoff and...
We always were pleased that we had a role in his early radio days. His powerful combination of wit, compassion and humanity will be sorely missed and lives on in his work.
A master of his craft, Rakoff always knew just the right amount of risibility needed to bring balance to life’s unpleasant, and oftentimes harsh, realities “I had a tumor. But it was great.”How brilliant is that?
As many of you already know, one of my best friends David Rakoff died last week. I won’t bother rambling on about him here because I already did that here. But I just wanted to share with you one of my favorite things we ever did together- a video spoof about the book tour for [...]
"I won't bother trying to compete with the eloquence of so much that has already been written about David and his work because the fact is, compared to the man himself, it all seems like the grunts of a caveman. So, rather than try to run from that reality, I'll just go ahead and embrace [...]
in "The Invisible Made Visible", a This American Life stage show segment that was broadcast to movie theaters live in May of this year, David Rakoff, who died last week after a battle with cancer, recalls the effects of a...
I always marveled at the willingness of a guy as relentlessly sweet, intelligent and sophisticated as he to portray himself as an absolute moron or -- even better -- a complete asshole in front of the camera. Who else would insist we get a shot of him pretending to masturbate furiously to A Dictionary of Yiddish Slang and Idioms? He was the king.
The Guardian’s list of the U.K.’s hundred best-selling books of all time. “Every generation rewrites the book’s epitaph; all that changes is the whodunit.” In the Times Book Review, Leah Price traces the death of the book throughoutShow More Summary
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On Thursday afternoon, I had a sense of foreboding about my friend, the writer and performer David Rakoff, who had been battling cancer. I checked his Facebook page: His wall was pouring with notes of love and appreciation and cheer from his many, many friends, trying to rally his spirit. ... More »
Like many of you, this week we were saddened to hear of the death of phenomenal and darkly comic essayist David Rakoff, who had been battling cancer for many years. To celebrate his life and the great literature he left us with, we’ve put together a list of some of the funniest modern essayists, who [...]