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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.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Uncollected David Rakoff: Including the entire text of Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish (Anchor Books Original)
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This was such a chore to read. I love Rakoff, but I've only ever heard his spoken work performances, or heard him read his pieces aloud. I've never tried reading his work on the page. It was rough.

I think most of the problem was I had no frame of reference for so many of these pieces. I have never lived in New York City, or even visited it. I've never been to Canada, nor know much of it other than it's geographical location. So many of his media references were straight google material for me, and it got tiring just not understanding what he was saying or trying to convey.

The pieces I did like were the one's he wrote in fiction style prose. For instance, "What's Up, Dike?" was genius. Or his more general musings which I could connect with, like in "Unaccustomed as I Am... How to Give a Wedding Toast". Obviously "Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish" was the highlight, though I had read parts of it previously.

Overall, I can't give this book a bad rating because I wasn't able to relate to most of the stories. That's my issue, not the books. But I didn't really enjoy it and it was rough slogging through til the end.

Copy courtesy of Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review ( )
  GoldenDarter | Sep 15, 2016 |
The Uncollected David Rakoff by David Rakoff is a highly recommended collection of his writing.
This volume includes the entire text of "Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish," early fiction, memoir pieces, travel writing, essays, and reflections on life as a gay man, as well as transcripts of his memorable appearances on public radio's Fresh Air and This American Life. Rakoff was best known for his wit and humor, both of which are captured in this collection.

As in most collections not every piece will strike a chord with everyone, but most readers are going to find a genuine connection to more than one of the pieces. For example, in "The Love that Dare Not Squeak Its Name," Rakoff discussion about E.B. White's Stuart Little as a gay icon will likely be a hit for most readers, as will Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, Rakoff's novel written in verse. Themes of family and friendship are a common thread, along with life as a gay man.

Obviously not being a gay man limits some of my emotional connection to all of the stories, but Rakoff's wit is evident and all of the contents are well written and enjoyable. Those who recall interviews with Rakoff on public radio will likely appreciate the transcribed pieces immensely. This is a collection that fans will likely want.

Contents include:
My Sister of Perpetual Mercy; Sagrada Família; My First New York: Arrived: 1982; An Open Letter to My Sisters; Goodbye to All of You; A Former Smoker Cheers; Diary, 1998; What’s Up, Dike?; The Wizards of Id; [Laura Bush]: The New York Times, Op-Ed; The Love That Dare Not Squeak Its Name; David Rakoff: Essayist, Mountaineer, “Comic Saint,” Fresh Air Interview; Fu Fighters; Evergreen Safari; Northern Composure; A Basket Case in North Carolina; Traveler’s Tale: A New Yorker Is Born; Walk This Way; I Like My Dog. Yours? Not So Much.; King of the Forest; Tweenage Wasteland; Unaccustomed as I Am … How to Give a Wedding Toast; David Rakoff’s Half Empty Worldview Is Full of Wit: Fresh Air Interview; The Craft That Consumed Me; The Waiting; When Bad Things Happen to Do-Good People; Author David Rakoff Calms Himself by Keeping a Full Pantry; Oh! The Places You Will Not Go!: (Co-written with Jonathan Goldstein); Stiff as a Board, Light as a Feather: This American Life; Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish.

Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy of Knopf Doubleday for review purposes. ( )
  SheTreadsSoftly | Mar 21, 2016 |
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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.

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