Humorist/Bestselling Author David Rakoff of This American Life
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The wry and the heartfelt join in David Rakoff’s prose to resurrect that most-neglected of literary virtues: wit. “Looking like a pug and sounding like the love child of Dorothy Parker, Oscar Wilde and All About Eve’_s Addison DeWitt,” (_The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Rakoff’s New York Times bestsellers, _Fraud _and Don’t Get Too Comfortable, have established him as one of today’s funniest, most insightful writers.
“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).
Winner of the Thurber Prize for Humor (for Half Empty), David Rakoff has also been short-listed for the Whiting Award as well as the Stephen Leacock Medal. He is a two-time recipient of the Lambda Book Award for Humor and a charter member and regular contributor to Public Radio International’s This American Life_. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine and numerous collections, including The Best American Travel Writing, The Best American Non-Required Reading, Da Capo’s Best Music Writing,_ edited by Nick Hornby, and Outside 25: The Best of Outside Magazine’s 25 Years_. He contributed to the 2008 book State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America_, the recent anthology, My First New York, and the forthcoming The Fifty Funniest American Writers from Library of America.
His most recent book of sharply-observed essays is entitled Half Empty, in which he defends the commonsensical notion that you should always assume the worst, because you’ll never be disappointed.
David Rakoff has worked in theater with David and Amy Sedaris on their plays Stitches, The Little Freida Mysteries, The Book of Liz, and the Obie award-winning One Woman Shoe. He has portrayed Lance Loud and poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, and can be seen in the films Capote, (fleetingly) and Strangers With Candy (fleetingly; mutely). He adapted the screenplay and starred in the live-action short film The New Tenants, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.