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Rakoff, David

Overview
Works: 39 works in 146 publications in 2 languages and 6,352 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Humor  Novels in verse  Essays  Novels in verse  Anecdotes  Drama  Short films  Animated films  Documentary films 
Roles: Author, Actor, Narrator
Classifications: AC8, 081
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Love, dishonor, marry, die, cherish, perish : a novel by David Rakoff( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The characters' lives are linked to each other by acts of generosity or cruelty. A daughter in early 20th century Chicago; a hobo during the Great Depression; an office girl in 1950s Manhattan; the young man reveling in 1960s San Francisco, then later tends to dying friends as the AIDS pandemic hits; as the new century opens, a man who has lost his way finds a measure of peace in a photograph he discovers in an old box-an image of pure and simple joy that unites the themes of this work
Don't get too comfortable by David Rakoff( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 1,021 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In these essays, social satirist Rakoff journeys into the land of unchecked plenty that is contemporary America, skewering overconsumption, greed, vanity, selfishness, and vapidity. 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 grand tour of our culture of excess, and comes away from his explorations hilariously horrified.--From publisher description
Half empty by David Rakoff( Book )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,019 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The witty David Rakoff defends the notion that you should always assume the worst, because you'll never be disappointed
Fraud : essays by David Rakoff( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his first collection of essays, Rakoff single-handedly raises self-depreciation to an art form as he presents an object lesson in not taking life too seriously
Love, dishonor, marry, die, cherish, perish by David Rakoff( Recording )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The characters' lives are linked to each other by acts of generosity or cruelty. A daughter in early 20th century Chicago; a hobo during the Great Depression; an office girl in 1950s Manhattan; the young man reveling in 1960s San Francisco, then later tends to dying friends as the AIDS pandemic hits; as the new century opens, a man who has lost his way finds a measure of peace in a photograph he discovers in an old box-an image of pure and simple joy that unites the themes of this work
Don't get too comfortable : [the indignities of coach class, the torments of low thread count, the never-ending quest for artisanal olive oil and other first world problems] by David Rakoff( Recording )

17 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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. 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 of Hooters Air, 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 hilariouosly 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"--Container
The uncollected David Rakoff by David Rakoff( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bestselling and Thurber Prize-winning humorist David Rakoff was one of the most original, delightfully acerbic voices of his generation. Here, in one place, is the best of his previously uncollected material - most never before published in book form. David Rakoff's singular personality spills from every page of this witty and entertaining volume, which includes travel features, early fiction works, pop culture criticism, and transcripts of his most memorable appearances on public radio's Fresh Air and This American Life. These writings chart his transformation from fish out of water, meekly arriving for college in 1982, to a proud New Yorker bluntly opining on how to walk properly in the city. They show his unparalleled ability to capture the pleasures of solitary pursuits like cooking and crafting, especially in times of trouble; as well as the ups and downs in the life-span of a friendship, whether it is a real relationship or an imaginary correspondence between Gregor Samsa and Dr. Seuss (co-authored with Jonathan Goldstein). Also included is his novel-in-verse Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish. By turns hilarious, incisive and deeply moving, this collection highlights the many facets of Rakoff's huge talent and shows the arc of his remarkable career."--Provided by publisher
Mirth of a nation( Recording )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Seriously funny writing from America's most trusted humor anthology"--Container
Selected shorts. [a celebration of the short story]( Recording )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City and at venues across the United States, these audio anthologies feature short stories from the Selected Shorts radio program aired nationwide. More than 300,000 listeners have tuned in to these spellbinding tales read aloud by an assortment of terrific actors; here is a collection of seven stories centered on humor
Shorts HD presents The Oscar winning short films collection( Visual )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of Oscar-winning short films
Fraud by David Rakoff( Recording )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unabridged
Lots of laughs! by Nicholson Baker( )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our most popular volume! Over three hours of stories to tickle your funny bone. Nicholson Baker's Subsoil, read by Thomas Gibson. A darkly comic thriller about a tractor historian besieged by man-eating potatoes. John Updike<'s Farrell's Caddie, read by Charles Keating. An American golfer gets more than golfing tips from his Scottish caddie
Mirth of a nation, audio companion : seriously funny writing from America's most trusted humor anthology( )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perfect for commuter train rides, rush-hour gridlock, Pilates work-outs, or any time when levity might add to the very quality of life. With inimitable contributions by Merrill Markoe, Dave Barry, Garry Trudeau and Bruce McCall, you have a triumphant salute to one of America's greatest assets: its sense of humor. A salvo of hilarity from that loose canon of American humor that Mirth of a Nation editor Michael J. Rosen has culled from some 1200 pages of brilliantly original works by our best contemporary humorists. This action-packed compilation of highlights (FYI, we have no intention of mentioning "the funnybone" and how these CDs are sure to tickle it) includes Bobbie Ann Mason's stint at the La Bamba hotline, David Rakoff's insights on families, Andy Borowitz's memoir of Emily Dickinson (basically, she was a drunken jerk), and Michael Feldman's helpful (re)locating of the Midwest
Fraud by David Rakoff( Book )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and German and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A New York City journalist describes the search for elves in Iceland, his foray into soap-opera acting, and the gin-soaked olive at the bottom of a martini glass
Selected Shorts : Funny Business by Simon Rich( Recording )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of nine short stories by well-known American authors. From wild and wacky to knee-slapping, laugh-out-loud fun, these humorous tales represent some of the best of recent sessions of the hit public radio series Selected Shorts."--Publisher description
Writers speak : a collection of interviews with writers on Fresh air with Terry Gross( Recording )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Terry Gross interviews 13 acclaimed writers
Half empty by David Rakoff( Recording )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 experi?ences: 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 pos?sibility 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 depic?tion of AIDS or dealing with personal tragedy, his sharp obser?vations and humorist?s flair for the absurd will have you positively reveling in the power of negativity. From the Hardcover edition
Julie Otsuka's The Buddha in the attic by Julie Otsuka( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Julie Otsuka sits down with David Rakoff to discuss her novel Buddha in the Attic. Rita Wolf reads an excerpt from the book
The uncollected David Rakoff : including the entire text of Love, dishonor, marry, die, cherish, perish by David Rakoff( )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Love : a Novel by David Rakoff( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Don't get too comfortable
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Half emptyFraud : essaysDon't get too comfortable : [the indignities of coach class, the torments of low thread count, the never-ending quest for artisanal olive oil and other first world problems]Mirth of a nationSelected shorts. [a celebration of the short story]FraudLots of laughs!Mirth of a nation, audio companion : seriously funny writing from America's most trusted humor anthology
Alternative Names
David Rakoff

David Rakoff Canadees essayist (1964-2012)

David Rakoff kanadisch-amerikanischer Komiker

David Rakoff Writer

Rakoff, David Benjamin 1964-2012

دیوید راکوف

Languages
English (125)

German (2)