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David Rakoff

You've heard him on This American Life! Now read his book! Wherever he is, David Rakoff is a fish out of water. Whether impersonating Sigmund Freud in a department store window during the holidays, climbing an icy mountain in cheap loafers, playing an evil modeling agent on a daytime soap opera, or learning primitive survival skills in the wilds of New Jersey, Rakoff doesn't belong. Nor does he try to. Still, he continually finds himself off in the far-flung hinterlands of our culture, notebook or microphone in hand, hoping to conjure that dyed-in-the-wool New York condescension. 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. Read the blurbs again on the back. They signal the arrival of a brilliant new American essayist. (Okay, Canadian.) From the Hardcover edition.

You've heard him on This American Life! Now read his book! Wherever he is, David Rakoff is a fish out of water. Whether impersonating Sigmund Freud in a department store window during the holidays, climbing an icy mountain in cheap loafers, playing an evil modeling agent on a daytime soap opera, or learning primitive survival skills in the wilds of New Jersey, Rakoff doesn't belong. Nor does he try to. Still, he continually finds himself off in the far-flung hinterlands of our culture, notebook or microphone in hand, hoping to conjure that dyed-in-the-wool New York condescension. 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. Read the blurbs again on the back. They signal the arrival of a brilliant new American essayist. (Okay, Canadian.) From the Hardcover edition.
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You've heard him on This American Life! Now read his book! Wherever he is, David Rakoff is a fish out of water. Whether impersonating Sigmund Freud in a department store window during the holidays, climbing an icy mountain in cheap loafers, playing an evil modeling agent on a daytime soap opera, or learning primitive survival skills in the wilds of New Jersey, Rakoff doesn't belong. Nor does he try to. Still, he continually finds himself off in the far-flung hinterlands of our culture, notebook or microphone in hand, hoping to conjure that dyed-in-the-wool New York condescension. 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. Read the blurbs again on the back. They signal the arrival of a brilliant new American essayist. (Okay, Canadian.) From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

4h 14m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:28


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:28


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:19


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:55


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:42


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:08


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:11


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:50


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:05


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:54


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:32


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:05


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:32


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:46


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:40


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:37


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:01


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:39


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:25


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:17


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:24


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:55


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:56


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:12


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:01


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:11


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:05


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:27


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:50


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:42


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:51


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:20


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:56


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:47


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:19


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:05


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:45


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:10