Being funny, unashamedly angry, and deeply human is something a large number of people try and a relatively small number of people do well. One of the people I’ve always thought did it well was David Rakoff, who has died so very much too young — at 47 — most likely as a result of the tumor he announced he was battling in 2010, though details haven’t emerged. As he told Jon Stewart on the Daily show, he learned he had this particular cancer while writing Half Empty, his book about pessimism...Read Full Story
by Adam B. Vary
David Rakoff — a sharp, sardonic wit who delighted listeners of This American Life and readers of his books of essays — died after a two-year fight with cancer on Thursday. He was 47.
Born in Canada, Rakoff started his career in publishing, where he struck up a friendship with author and humorist David Sedaris.
Through Sedaris, Rakoff also got to know an NPR reporter named Ira Glass, and when Glass started his hour long public radio show This...Read Full Story
(JTA) — David Rakoff, a humorist who often wrote about American Jewish culture, has died.
Rakoff, 47, died in Manhattan Thursday of cancer, a disease he has battled since he was 22, according to media reports.
A frequent contributor to National Public Radio’s This American Life, Rakoff, who was Montreal-born, embraced his misfortunes with a cheerful negativity.
A book of his essays was named “Half Empty.”
“Optimism is not for everybody,” he told Tablet magazine in a 2010 podcast. “There are...Read Full Story
David Rakoff, the essayist, humorist, and contributor to This American Life, has died at 47 after a battle with cancer, The Atlantic reports:
Rakoff was born in Montreal to Jewish parents who immigrated to Canada from South Africa, according to an essay he wrote for The New York Times Magazine in 1994. He first moved to New York City, the place he would later call "the great love of my life," in 1982 to attend Columbia University. Describing the experience, he wrote, "Like cartoon characters...Read Full Story
in "The Invisible Made Visible", a This American Life stage show segment that was broadcast to movie theaters live in May of this year, David Rakoff, who died last week after a battle with cancer, recalls the effects of a surgery which cut a nerve that had been causing him constant pain but which left his arm rather useless.
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Posted Aug. 13,2012 at 8:19 PM EST by Andy Towle |
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