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The inimitably witty David Rakoff, New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Get Too Comfortable, defends the commonsensical notion that you should always assume the worst, because you’ll never be disappointed.

In this deeply funny (and, no kidding, wise and poignant) book, Rakoff examines the realities of our sunny, gosh everyone-can-be-a-star contemporary culture and finds that, pretty much as a universal rule, the best is not yet to come, adversity will triumph, justice will not be served, and your dreams won’t come true.

The book ranges from the personal to the universal, combining stories from Rakoff’s reporting and accounts of his own experiences: the moment when being a tiny child no longer meant adults found him charming but instead meant other children found him a fun target; the perfect late evening in Manhattan when he was young and the city seemed to brim with such possibility that the street shimmered in the moonlight—as he drew closer he realized the streets actually flickered with rats in a feeding frenzy. He also weaves in his usual brand Oscar Wilde–worthy cultural criticism (the tragedy of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, for instance).

Whether he’s lacerating the musical Rent for its cutesy depiction of AIDS or dealing with personal tragedy, his sharp observations and humorist’s flair for the absurd will have you positively reveling in the power of negativity.

Synopsis:

The author of the best-selling Don't Get Too Comfortable and Fraud presents a whimsical defense of pessimism that intersperses accounts of his own experiences with wry observations on universal absurdities and injustices.

Synopsis:

The inimitably witty David Rakoff, New York Times bestselling

About the Author

DAVID RAKOFF is the author of the New York Times bestselling Don’t Get Too Comfortable and Fraud. He is a writer at large for GQ, regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine, and frequent guest on This American Life.

Table of Contents

Bleak shall inherit — Shrimp — Isn't it romantic? — Satisfying crunch of dreams underfoot — Dark meat — On juicy — Capacity for wonder — I feel dirty — All the time we have — Another shoe.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385533690
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Author:
Rakoff, David
Author:
David Rakoff
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Form - Essays
Subject:
Audiobooks -- Fiction.
Subject:
Audio Books-Humor
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Humor-Anthologies
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
Journalism-Journalists
Subject:
Humor : Form - Essays
Subject:
Humor-Narrative
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100921
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
224

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Arts and Entertainment » Humor » Anthologies
Biography » General

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