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From This American Life alum David Rakoff comes a hilarious collection that single-handedly raises self-deprecation to an art form. Whether impersonating Sigmund Freud in a department store window during the holidays, climbing an icy mountain in cheap loafers, or learning primitive survival skills in the wilds of New Jersey, Rakoff clearly demonstrates how he doesn't belong — nor does he try to. In his debut collection of essays, Rakoff uses his razor-sharp wit and snarky humor to deliver a barrage of damaging blows that, more often than not, land squarely on his own jaw — hilariously satirizing the writer, not the subject. Joining the wry and the heartfelt, Fraud offers an object lesson in not taking life, or ourselves, too seriously.

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"To be sure, Rakoff can issue a withering snark with the best of them. But once his rapier wit has sliced the buttons off its target's clothing, revealing the quivering, vulnerable mass within, his fundamental sense of decency gets the best of him and he can't resist reaching out and helping the poor unfortunate soul get back on its feet, straighten its duds and sally forth with a heartfelt 'Don't worry, it's not you. It's me.'" Amy Reiter, Salon.com (read the entire Salon.com review here)

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"David Rakoff's hilarious, bittersweet stories are epic struggles — between smoky bars and the great outdoors, management and labor, Santa Claus and Sigmund Freud, New York versus everywhere else, and, not least, neighbor-to-the-North against South. Rakoff is such an American original it turns out he's Canadian. Vive the brain drain!" Sarah Vowell, author of Take the Cannoli

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"Rakoff likes to paint himself as urbane to a fault, an outsider anywhere unpaved. But then, in the woods or on a mountaintop, he reveals himself, despite his searing and hilarious observations, to be a completely unrelenting romantic." Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

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"Rakoff possesses a sociologist's eye for places where today's consoling myths reside." New York Times

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"With Fraud, David Rakoff manages to successfully pass himself off as the wittiest and most perceptive man in the world." David Sedaris, author of Me Talk Pretty One Day

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A dishy, incisive exploration of gossip from celebrity rumors to literaryromans à clef, personal sniping to political slander by one our “great essayists” (David Brooks)

To his successful examinations of some of the most powerful forces in modern life envy, ambition, snobbery, friendship the keen observer and critic Joseph Epstein now addsGossip. No trivial matter, despite its reputation, gossip, he argues, is an eternal and necessary human enterprise. Proving that he himself is a master of the art, Epstein serves up delightful mini-biographies of the Great Gossips of the Western World along with many choice bits from his own experience. He also makes a powerful case that gossip has morphed from its old-fashioned best clever, mocking, a great private pleasure to a corrosive new-school version, thanks to the reach of the mass media and the Internet. Gossip has invaded and changed for the worse politics and journalism, causing unsubstantiated information to be presented as fact. Contemporary gossip claims to reveal truth, but as Epstein shows, its our belief in truth that gossip today threatens to undermine and destroy.

Written in his trademark erudite and witty style,Gossipcaptures the complexity of this immensely entertaining subject.

Synopsis:

Journalist, actor, and radio commentator Rakoff has gathered in his first book what can best be described as essays on contemporary culture. And therein lies Rakoff's genius and his burgeoning appeal. The wry and the heartfelt join in his prose to resurrect that most neglected of literary virtues: wit.

About the Author

David Rakoff is a writer-at-large for GQ magazine, and a regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine and Public Radio International's This American Life. He has also written for Outside, Vogue, the New York Observer, and Salon, among others. He lives in New York City.

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christijensen, October 19, 2006 (view all comments by christijensen)
David Rakoff says that all Canadians know what stars are from Canada and which ones aren't. I think his Candian-ism is alive and kicking in this very funy and self-depreciating tome. He couldnt be any funnier - unless, of course, he was at one of my parties! Read this one and then buy one for your friends.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780767906319
Author:
Rakoff, David
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
Epstein, Joseph
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
American wit and humor
Subject:
Form - Essays
Subject:
American essays
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Humor-Anthologies
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
no. 313
Publication Date:
April 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 9.99 lb

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Product details 240 pages Broadway Books - English 9780767906319 Reviews:
"Review" by , "To be sure, Rakoff can issue a withering snark with the best of them. But once his rapier wit has sliced the buttons off its target's clothing, revealing the quivering, vulnerable mass within, his fundamental sense of decency gets the best of him and he can't resist reaching out and helping the poor unfortunate soul get back on its feet, straighten its duds and sally forth with a heartfelt 'Don't worry, it's not you. It's me.'" (read the entire Salon.com review here)
"Review" by , "David Rakoff's hilarious, bittersweet stories are epic struggles — between smoky bars and the great outdoors, management and labor, Santa Claus and Sigmund Freud, New York versus everywhere else, and, not least, neighbor-to-the-North against South. Rakoff is such an American original it turns out he's Canadian. Vive the brain drain!"
"Review" by , "Rakoff likes to paint himself as urbane to a fault, an outsider anywhere unpaved. But then, in the woods or on a mountaintop, he reveals himself, despite his searing and hilarious observations, to be a completely unrelenting romantic."
"Review" by , "Rakoff possesses a sociologist's eye for places where today's consoling myths reside."
"Review" by , "With Fraud, David Rakoff manages to successfully pass himself off as the wittiest and most perceptive man in the world."
"Synopsis" by , A dishy, incisive exploration of gossip from celebrity rumors to literaryromans à clef, personal sniping to political slander by one our “great essayists” (David Brooks)

To his successful examinations of some of the most powerful forces in modern life envy, ambition, snobbery, friendship the keen observer and critic Joseph Epstein now addsGossip. No trivial matter, despite its reputation, gossip, he argues, is an eternal and necessary human enterprise. Proving that he himself is a master of the art, Epstein serves up delightful mini-biographies of the Great Gossips of the Western World along with many choice bits from his own experience. He also makes a powerful case that gossip has morphed from its old-fashioned best clever, mocking, a great private pleasure to a corrosive new-school version, thanks to the reach of the mass media and the Internet. Gossip has invaded and changed for the worse politics and journalism, causing unsubstantiated information to be presented as fact. Contemporary gossip claims to reveal truth, but as Epstein shows, its our belief in truth that gossip today threatens to undermine and destroy.

Written in his trademark erudite and witty style,Gossipcaptures the complexity of this immensely entertaining subject.

"Synopsis" by , Journalist, actor, and radio commentator Rakoff has gathered in his first book what can best be described as essays on contemporary culture. And therein lies Rakoff's genius and his burgeoning appeal. The wry and the heartfelt join in his prose to resurrect that most neglected of literary virtues: wit.
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