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Publisher Comments:

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.

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Review:

"As Rakoff begins reading his charmingly curmudgeonly essay collection, he seems like an odd fit — his voice, slightly breathy and fragile, seems like it's about to give out. But he relaxes, and it quickly becomes apparent that he's the perfect narrator — with his muttered asides, his sighs of self-deprecation — for these sharp, smart pieces. His conversations ramify magnificently, and this champion of contrarianism has smart things to say about money, media, certainty, growing up short, Jewish, and Canadian. Think Sedaris, but smarter, darker, and funnier. He may be, as he says in one essay, 'prone to making bad calls,' but he seems to know exactly what listeners need. A Doubleday hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 9). (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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 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.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307738844
Publisher:
Random House Audio
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Read by:
Rakoff, David
Read:
Rakoff, David
Author:
Rakoff, David
Subject:
Form - Essays
Subject:
Humor-Anthologies
Edition Description:
Six CD
Publication Date:
20100921
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.92 x 5.1 x 1.24 in .4375 lb

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Humor » Anthologies
Audio Books » Humor

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Product details pages Random House Audio - English 9780307738844 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "As Rakoff begins reading his charmingly curmudgeonly essay collection, he seems like an odd fit — his voice, slightly breathy and fragile, seems like it's about to give out. But he relaxes, and it quickly becomes apparent that he's the perfect narrator — with his muttered asides, his sighs of self-deprecation — for these sharp, smart pieces. His conversations ramify magnificently, and this champion of contrarianism has smart things to say about money, media, certainty, growing up short, Jewish, and Canadian. Think Sedaris, but smarter, darker, and funnier. He may be, as he says in one essay, 'prone to making bad calls,' but he seems to know exactly what listeners need. A Doubleday hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 9). (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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