And Rakoff tries to be nasty; heaven knows nothing succeeds like the cheap sneer, but he can't quite help noticing that these are actual human beings he's writing about. In his attempts not to pull any punches, the most damaging blows, more often than not, land squarely on his own jaw - hilariously satirizing the writer, not the subject. And therein lies David Rakoff's genius and his burgeoning appeal. The wry and the heartfelt join in his prose to resurrect that most neglected of literary virtues: wit.
©2001 David Rakoff; (P)2001 Random House, Inc.; Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a Division of Random House, Inc.
"A talented new humorist...Rakoff has a rapier wit." (Publishers Weekly)
The brilliance and bite of a wit so refined it makes my heart hurt thinking that we’ve lost such a mind and soul.
David Rakoff was a singular voice, if you like this you'll crave more.
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Smartly avoid if you find yourself politically correct. Authentic and original with a twist of dark wit makes many uncomfortable.
I do not get how so many people loved this book! It was so dull and just not funny. I am baffled that people actually love it.
I love comedy and humor books!
I listen to a lot of humor (to try to write better humor), and Rakoff, in my opinion, is one of the best! I love all of his detailed descriptions too, self-talk, honesty, etc.!
Listening to David Rakoff is just so much fun! His command of the language, hilarious perspective and extensive vocabulary make this an enjoyable audio book.
Yes. They all characters were different and there was no mistaking one from another.
It was amusing. The book was not what I had hoped for.
Like Rakoff's short essays on TAL, but hours of his story telling seemed like HOURS. I'm about 3/4 thru and having a hard time wanting to listen to more.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this funny, poignant collection of observations of lives many little challenges and joys. We miss David and his fabulous talents.
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