This one ranks in my top 5.
David Rakoff is able to deliver a lighthearted take on his, seemimgly, innermost thoughts.
We lost Mr. Rakoff last month. While I never met him, through his books, I feel like I knew him and I will miss him and his works.
I can see how this might not be a book for everyone. Make sure to listen to the sample before buying. David Rakoff had a most unique voice and I loved it but it can be grating to some people. Also optimistic or sunny happy people might not love the dark negative betty loveliness that David just embraces fully and completely. He was an artist and the world is a little less bright because he is gone.
How good it is to have the late David Rakoff reading his own revealing, acidly funny essays. The man was an actor as well as a brilliant, insightful humorist, and there is no better way to be introduced to him and his work than by listening to this priceless recording.
Rakoff is not to be lumped in with Sedaris. His tone is far more dark, and his love of the English language leaps to the fore. People don't write like this anymore; the elegance of his style and the aptness of his observations put one in mind of Robert Benchley.
This was a first for me. I wish he were around to give us more.
It's a collection of unrelated essays, so this question is not germane.
It's unusual that works read by the author actually turn out well. Rakoff 's (RIP) reading of Half Empty added and did not detract from the overall enjoyment of the book- a collection of hilarious essays on issues of the day. Rakoff's droll narration matched the witty and enjoyably cynical commentary.
Rakoff is much like the other "David", David Sedaris, who has entertained us for years on NPR.
This is a quick and enjoyable listen.
I often listen again to chapters in this audio book. David Rakoff's humor and presentation are priceless!
Read/listen to Fraud and Don't get too comfortable first.There is some very funny/interesting stuff here. But do not recommend it as first experience of Rackoff. Once you're hooked, get this.
I wouldn't have anybody but Rackoff himself read his work. An essential part of the experience.
Sure. American Splendor-ish.
Depressed New Yorkers
I still enjoy the essay format, but looking for a more distinct voice.
I think he read his work perfectly, and that was sadly part of the problem.
I'm afraid none of the book stuck with me.
I wanted to enjoy the book because I saw a great review of some of his other work on the Daily Show, unfortunately it simply didn't work for me. Perhaps other titles or other readers will be better.
I was a high school history teacher and a physician assistant-retired.
David Rakoff talks about everyday things with in a "isn't that always the way?" or "people do the darnest things," or "aren't things just so fake?" manner. Of course, his reflections are meant to be ironic, satiric, and funny, but they come off as curlish and so too too. I was unable to finish the book because after a few chapters, I was running on empty.
I found no humor and a lot of sarcasm.
I don't know, I couldn't listen to all the whining.
I didn't get the point of the book, I really didn't. Was it a life story? Observations which lead us to a conclusion? A comedy (albeit ironic) sketch?
I thought it was none. It really is a conversation, ramblings really, as personal as diary entries. Every chapter should be titled something like "here's something else people do that annoy me personally. Except that entries are by a person I don't care about and wouldn't know if he hadn't appear on Jon Stewart. If you already are fan of Mr. Rakoff and you are looking for his insight into mundane, then this book might have been written for you.
I gave it two stars for his warm voice and artful writing. The writings read like poetry but there was nothing of substance to it.