Half Empty

By David Rakoff
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780767929059, 224pp.)

Publication Date: September 6, 2011

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In this deeply smart and sneakily poignant collection of essays, the bestselling author of Fraud and Don’t Get Too Comfortable makes an inspired case for always assuming the worst—because then you’ll never be disappointed. Whether he’s taking on pop culture phenomena with Oscar Wilde-worthy wit or dealing with personal tragedy, Rakoff’s sharp observations and humorist’s flair for the absurd will have you positively reveling in the untapped power of negativity.




About the Author
David Rakoff is a writer-at-large for "GQ" magazine, and a regular contributor to "The New York Times Magazine" and Public Radio International's "This American Life," He has also written for "Outside," "Vogue," "The New York Observer," and "Salon," among others. He lives in New York City.

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NPR
Friday, Aug 10, 2012

Known for his sobering honesty and biting wit, David Rakoff said it was healthy to employ "a certain kind of clear-eyed examination of the world as it is." Rakoff died Thursday in New York City after a long battle with cancer. He was 47. More at NPR.org

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NPR
Friday, Oct 7, 2011

Writer David Rakoff's received the 2011 Thurber Prize for American Humor for his essay collection Half Empty. In the book, Rakoff explains the powers of pessimistic thought as he analyzes topics such as a pornography trade fair, his neurotic childhood and his recent cancer diagnosis. More at NPR.org

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