Somewhere along the line, our healthy self-regard has exploded into obliterating narcissism; our manic getting and spending have now become celebrated as moral virtues. Whether contrasting the elegance of one of the last flights of the supersonic Concorde with the good-times-and-chicken-wings populism of Hooters Air, working as a cabana boy at a South Beach hotel, or traveling to a private island off the coast of Belize to watch a soft-core video shoot, where he is provided with his very own personal manservant, Rakoff takes us on a bitingly funny grand tour of our culture of excess. He comes away from his explorations hilariously horrified.
At once a Wildean satire of our ridiculous culture of overconsumption and a plea for a little human decency, Don't Get Too Comfortable shows that far from being bobos in paradise, we're in a special circle of gilded-age hell.
©2005 David Rakoff; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"Rakoff knows the incantatory power of a story well-told, the art of keeping words aloft like the bubbles in a champagne flute. He possesses the crackling wit of a '30s screwball comedy ingenue, a vocabulary that is a treasure chest of mots justes, impressive but most times not too showy for everyday wear." (Los Angeles Times)
David Rakoff had a keen wit to share with the world. This piece is a fine example of that pitch perfect place of sardonic sight and well aware narrative.
Learning of his Japanese language studies, gave insight to how he writes so well in and around culturally sensitive humor.
His work lives on.
David Rakoff has a unique ability to make me laugh out loud (which is rare), and then catch me in the middle of my joy and make me think, "WOAH. Shoot. Let me think about that." His writing is engaging on literally every level.
It's not a book, but I would recommend the book to those who enjoy his essays and pieces on public radio. David Sedaris is a similar author, sharing in his poignantly funny style.
Yes. I've heard him many times. I would say that this is "as good as any," which is true, but they're all fabulous.
It was fascinating to hear about him talk about the "Log Cabin Republicans." He was understandably dubious of their positions and forthcoming with his trepidations without sounding close-minded. Quite the opposite, actually-- his ability to evaluate himself and his prejudices was incredible.
This is not a one-topic book. Rakoff's essays are all over the place, and some are arguable more substantive than others, but they're all entirely worth the listen.
It just went nowhere....I would not recommend it to anyone. Waste of time.
It didn't have a story line
If he didn't use so many weird analogies that I couldn't relate to.
David Rakoff took sardonic and dry humor to a new level. His capacity for the rhythm of language as well as timing of information was unique.
David's pseudo-affected tone.
Very funny send up of the pretentious, super hip, pop culture mavens with more money than self awareness. I truly laughed out loud.
I loved the way he described everything in great detail
A book about a simple look into his life.
David himself of course
It ends far too soon just as his life has. He will be missed.
Wonderfully articulate as all his writings, just a few moments that were a bit over the top ranting... I enjoyed Fraud more overall if you were to only get one of his books.
If you're familiar with Rakoff from his other books, or his appearances on This American Life, you know what you're getting into. For the most part, he's in fine form here, but as is often the case with these sorts of collections, the transition from journalist to autobiographer can sometimes seem a little jarring.
Some chapters are wry travelogues, while in others, we get into the Heavy Stuff; real life-and-death existential pondering. It's always an entertaining ride, but you might find yourself thinking "Whoa, we're going THERE now? Really? Well, okay..."
Listen here Canada, he's ours now and you can take a hike, you can. Mr Rakoff reads his work in this recording and its truly wonderful. Just buy it and find out how much you wish your friends would show up with David Rakoff as their date for dinner.
Having lived in NYC also, I loved Rakoff's views/writing about NYC and was laughing out loud. Since that was was I heard as a sample, I was hoping/thinking that the whole book would be like that. So, I didn't find his rants/writing about politics such as the Bush administration, homosexuality, etc. as funny - which seems to be a lot more of the book. I bought this looking for humor, like a David Sedaris book.
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