Synopses & Reviews
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.
From the Hardcover edition.
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 PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"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
. 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
, The New York Observer
From the Hardcover edition.