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David Rakoff

The inimitably witty David Rakoff, New York Times bestselling author of Don't Get Too Comfortable, defends the commonsensical notion that you should always assume the worst, because you'll never be disappointed. In this deeply funny (and, no kidding, wise and poignant) book, Rakoff examines the realities of our sunny, gosh­ everyone-can-be-a-star contemporary culture and finds that, pretty much as a universal rule, the best is not yet to come, adversity will triumph, justice will not be served, and your dreams won't come true. The book ranges from the personal to the universal, combining stories from Rakoff's reporting and accounts of his own experi­ences: the moment when being a tiny child no longer meant adults found him charming but instead meant other children found him a fun target; the perfect late evening in Manhattan when he was young and the city seemed to brim with such pos­sibility that the street shimmered in the moonlight-as he drew closer he realized the streets actually flickered with rats in a feeding frenzy. He also weaves in his usual brand Oscar Wilde-worthy cultural criticism (the tragedy of Hollywood's Walk of Fame, for instance). Whether he's lacerating the musical Rent for its cutesy depic­tion of AIDS or dealing with personal tragedy, his sharp obser­vations and humorist's flair for the absurd will have you positively reveling in the power of negativity. From the Hardcover edition.

The inimitably witty David Rakoff, New York Times bestselling author of Don't Get Too Comfortable, defends the commonsensical notion that you should always assume the worst, because you'll never be disappointed. In this deeply funny (and, no kidding, wise and poignant) book, Rakoff examines the realities of our sunny, gosh­ everyone-can-be-a-star contemporary culture and finds that, pretty much as a universal rule, the best is not yet to come, adversity will triumph, justice will not be served, and your dreams won't come true. The book ranges from the personal to the universal, combining stories from Rakoff's reporting and accounts of his own experi­ences: the moment when being a tiny child no longer meant adults found him charming but instead meant other children found him a fun target; the perfect late evening in Manhattan when he was young and the city seemed to brim with such pos­sibility that the street shimmered in the moonlight-as he drew closer he realized the streets actually flickered with rats in a feeding frenzy. He also weaves in his usual brand Oscar Wilde-worthy cultural criticism (the tragedy of Hollywood's Walk of Fame, for instance). Whether he's lacerating the musical Rent for its cutesy depic­tion of AIDS or dealing with personal tragedy, his sharp obser­vations and humorist's flair for the absurd will have you positively reveling in the power of negativity. From the Hardcover edition.
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The inimitably witty David Rakoff, New York Times bestselling author of Don't Get Too Comfortable, defends the commonsensical notion that you should always assume the worst, because you'll never be disappointed. In this deeply funny (and, no kidding, wise and poignant) book, Rakoff examines the realities of our sunny, gosh­ everyone-can-be-a-star contemporary culture and finds that, pretty much as a universal rule, the best is not yet to come, adversity will triumph, justice will not be served, and your dreams won't come true. The book ranges from the personal to the universal, combining stories from Rakoff's reporting and accounts of his own experi­ences: the moment when being a tiny child no longer meant adults found him charming but instead meant other children found him a fun target; the perfect late evening in Manhattan when he was young and the city seemed to brim with such pos­sibility that the street shimmered in the moonlight-as he drew closer he realized the streets actually flickered with rats in a feeding frenzy. He also weaves in his usual brand Oscar Wilde-worthy cultural criticism (the tragedy of Hollywood's Walk of Fame, for instance). Whether he's lacerating the musical Rent for its cutesy depic­tion of AIDS or dealing with personal tragedy, his sharp obser­vations and humorist's flair for the absurd will have you positively reveling in the power of negativity. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

6h 51m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:21


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:26


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:26


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:24


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:39


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:40


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:16


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:51


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:30


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:59


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:13


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:02


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:09


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:25


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:52


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:45


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:15


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:01


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:27


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:17


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:53


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:26


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:30


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:02


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:20


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:49


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:23


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:54


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:49


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:08


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:33


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:17


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:36


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:13


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:20


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:15


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:07


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:15


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:38


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:42


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:57


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:11


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:04


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:04


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:35


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:22


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:52


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:56


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:01


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:28


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:59


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:54


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:56


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:44


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:40


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:59


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:18


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:57


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:01


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:29


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:04


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:08


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:24


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

02:57


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:31


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:02


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:06


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:16


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:32


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:25


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:33


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:55


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:59


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:44


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

02:57


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:11


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

02:51


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

02:25


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:54


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:48


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:55


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:26


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:14


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

02:45


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:15


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:08


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:51


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

02:54


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:02


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:31


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:52


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:00


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:28


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:34


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:20


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

02:18


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:44


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

00:35