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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.

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"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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  • Kristina
  • Breckenridge, CO, USA
  • 10-21-06

Shallow Social Commentary

I bought this because of his hilarious interview with Jon Stewart about the Log Cabin Republicans. It's very disappointing though, mostly shallow self-absorbed comments about fashion shows and fasting. The only political riff is about the Log Cabin Republicans, and he never even mentions that they may have a small problem with self-hatred. Too bad, he is funny, just not interesting or observant or thoughtful about anyone but himself.

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  • Henry
  • Toulouse 06, N/A, France
  • 10-22-05


Rakoff is a Neurotic Gay, Canadian exile and also a totally self adsorbed, navel gazing intellectual New York Jew. If you don't share all of these exotic personality determinants you will rapidly become annoyed rather than charmed by his seeming hopeless existential predicament. Long ago, Woody Allen did much, but not all, of this kind of complex shtick. He did much better and with much greater charm. Here, it starts to grate on your nerves long before it mericifully ends.
Who needs this.....

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  • Damian
  • Boise, ID, USA
  • 10-20-05

Overly flowery drivel drove me nuts

I was amused by some parts: the satires of bureaucracy and politics. But anyone can do that! Might be an enjoyable read, but not an enjoyable listen. If I want to listen to someone point out the ridiculousness that pervades our culture, I'll take it from someone like George Carlin. Maybe if George Carlin had read this book, I might have enjoyed it, but the tone of David Rakoff's voice annoyed me to no end. It has a sarcastic, whiny, tone. In fact, he sounds just like Mr. Hat from South Park! I think he's the wrong type of guy to be doing this type of comedy. He tries to make his satires eloquently poetic by unneccessarily utilizing grandiose phrases that are out of place, as I have just demonstrated. David Rakoff should stick to reading things like Peter Pan, or Diary of a Fairy Godmother.

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Liberal, gay,

Disgusting reading voice, trite, worn out jokes, what else??? Witty and insighful to a lamer maybe? Get a real job, back in Canada preferably.

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