|Amazon Price||New from||Used from|
In this sardonic collection of essays, Rakoff (Don't Get Too Comfortable) plays the role of a naysayer who tries to convince the reader, with humorous asides and sarcastic one-liners, that the world is going to hell in a hand-basket and the nerds and geeks will someday be the globe's financial and political tyrants. His topics are a hodge-podge lot that covers hopes and dreams, the meaning of a Jew who eats pork, optimism, a stunted childhood, and the New York City Exotic Erotic Ball and Expo. While his wise-cracking humor isn't always on target, he shines when discussing the acceptance of grief and mortality in "All The Time We Have," and "the bohemian myth" of artists and Rent creator Jonathan Larson's demise the day before his popular show opened, in "Isn't It Romantic?"
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In this, his third, compilation of essays, Rakoff invites into the ring Positivity, that plucky, perennial champ, and takes down the old grinner one forlorn blow at a time. Maintaining his signature and singular charm (Fraud, 2001; Don’t Get Too Comfortable, 2005), Rakoff analyzes the heck out of common- ( and not-so-common-) place culture: the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Salt Lake City, a New York porn convention, to name names. Rakoff is so keenly observant and dead-on with his criticism, you get the impression most of our eyes would cross and cartoon birds fly above our heads before we could make it halfway to the elegant, smart conclusions he draws. Calling into question some of the institutions we hold closest to our hearts, and peppered with guilty, nose-crinkling laughs, this is a verbose, grandiose stockpile of sour grapes—a writerly collection to make giddy even the most erudite lover of words. An undisputed KO for negative thinking. --Annie Bostrom --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
I read it slowly because there won't be any more delightful stories and insights from this masterful writer.Published 2 months ago by Deborah M. Alexander
I was expecting short stories, not essays. It was okay. The author had some personality and a few interesting ideas.Published 3 months ago by S. Lewandowski
David Rakoff's essays were always complex and enjoyable to read. I have given copies of his books as gifts continuously.Published 8 months ago by lpvl
David Rakoff sadly isn't with us anymore and what he's left behind is not only a window into his own life, but a collection of stories that everyone can relate too. Read morePublished 16 months ago by J. R. Stayer
I realize the price of this book was low but I never expected the quality of the item would be so poor. Read morePublished 20 months ago by judyjudy