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Don't Get Too Comfortable (Unabridged Selections) | [David Rakoff]

Don't Get Too Comfortable (Unabridged Selections)

David Rakoff's bestselling collection of autobiographical essays, Fraud, established him as one of today's funniest and most insightful writers. Now, in Don't Get Too Comfortable, Rakoff moves from the personal to the public, journeying into the land of unchecked plenty that is contemporary America. Rarely have greed, vanity, selfishness, and vapidity been so mercilessly and wittily skewered.
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Publisher's Summary

David Rakoff's best-selling collection of autobiographical essays, Fraud, established him as one of today's funniest and most insightful writers. Now, in Don't Get Too Comfortable, Rakoff moves from the personal to the public, journeying into the land of unchecked plenty that is contemporary America. Rarely have greed, vanity, selfishness, and vapidity been so mercilessly and wittily skewered.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Kristen OAKLAND, CA, United States 09-21-13
    Kristen OAKLAND, CA, United States 09-21-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Someone tell me if I'm happy or sad. I can't tell."
    What did you love best about Don't Get Too Comfortable (Unabridged Selections)?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Don't Get Too Comfortable (Unabridged Selections) to and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of David Rakoff’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Theresa United States 07-18-13
    Theresa United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't waste a credit!"
    What would have made Don't Get Too Comfortable (Unabridged Selections) better?

    It just went nowhere....I would not recommend it to anyone. Waste of time.


    Has Don't Get Too Comfortable (Unabridged Selections) turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It didn't have a story line


    How could the performance have been better?

    If he didn't use so many weird analogies that I couldn't relate to.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    AMO's Momma New Hampshire 03-24-13
    AMO's Momma New Hampshire 03-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A talent unlike others"
    What made the experience of listening to Don't Get Too Comfortable (Unabridged Selections) the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    David's pseudo-affected tone.


    Which character – as performed by David Rakoff – was your favorite?

    Himself!


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    DS 12-19-12
    DS 12-19-12 Member Since 2012

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    "great send up of the super hip"

    Very funny send up of the pretentious, super hip, pop culture mavens with more money than self awareness. I truly laughed out loud.

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    R G 10-08-12
    R G 10-08-12

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    "In Davids life"
    What did you love best about Don't Get Too Comfortable (Unabridged Selections)?

    I loved the way he described everything in great detail


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    A book about a simple look into his life.


    Which character – as performed by David Rakoff – was your favorite?

    David himself of course


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the beginning


    Any additional comments?

    It ends far too soon just as his life has. He will be missed.

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    Laura SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 10-02-12
    Laura SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "David Rakoff a bit pissed off"

    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.

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    D. McDermott th' Valley 04-09-12
    D. McDermott th' Valley 04-09-12 Listener Since 2002

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    "Dry observational wit, with a few odd turns."

    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..."

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    Patrick D. Melroy Santa Barbara 10-25-11
    Patrick D. Melroy Santa Barbara 10-25-11

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    "Classic Rakoffian Rakoff"

    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.

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    Debbie Austin, TX, United States 08-03-10
    Debbie Austin, TX, United States 08-03-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Depends on Your Taste"

    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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    Meghan Austin, TX, United States 05-05-10
    Meghan Austin, TX, United States 05-05-10
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    "Very enjoyable listening"

    I really enjoyed listening to this. This is my first Rakoff experience, I I liked it. Healso has a a good narration style, so I think it added to the book quite a bit to have been narrated by him. What a treat!

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