Don't Get Too Comfortable

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Doubleday Canada, Jun 4, 2010 - Humor
21 Reviews
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David Rakoff’s collection of autobiographical essays, Fraud, established him as one of our funniest, most insightful writers. In Don’t Get Too Comfortable, Rakoff journeys into the land of plenty that is contemporary North America. Rarely have greed, vanity, selfishness, and vapidity been so mercilessly and wittily portrayed.

Whether contrasting the elegance of one of the last flights of the supersonic Concorde with the good times and chicken wings of Hooters Air, portraying the rarified universe of Paris fashion shows where an evening dress can cost as much as four years of college, or traveling to a private island off the coast of Belize to watch a soft-core Playboy TV shoot, where he is provided with his very own personal manservant, David Rakoff takes us on a bitingly funny grand tour of our culture of excess, delving into the manic getting and spending that defines the North American way of life.

Somewhere along the line, our healthy self-regard has exploded into obliterating narcissism, and Rakoff is there to map that frontier. He sits through the grotesqueries of “avant garde” vaudeville in Times Square immediately following 9/11. Twenty days without food allows him to experience firsthand the wonders of “detoxification,” and the frozen world of cryonics, whose promise of eternal life is the ultimate status symbol, leaves him very cold indeed (much to our good fortune).

At once a Wildean satire of our ridiculous culture of overconsumption and a plea for a little human decency, Don’t Get Too Comfortable is a bitingly funny grand tour of our special circle of gilded-age hell.


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Review: 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

User Review  - Kathy Davie - Goodreads

A series of 15 essays on the excess in our culture. My Take It's well worth reading for Rakoff's use of words as he has a beautiful way of writing whether he's dishing or dashing his topic or himself ... Read full review

Review: 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

User Review  - Trish - Goodreads

David Rakoff is a man o' mine. With this riff he hits every high note and takes me with him. I love him for making the effort--he says writing is painful. I wonder if it is actually the writing or the ... Read full review

Contents

LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT
WHAT IS THE SOUND OF ONE HAND SHOPPING?
SESIÓN PRIVADA
WILDMAN
AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
JDV MIA
PRIVATES ON PARADE
BEACH BUMMER
MARTHA MY DEAR
I CANT GET IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE
BEAT ME DADDY
WHAT SIZ FACE
FASTER
OFF WERE GONNA SHUFFLE
Acknowledgments
About the Author

MORNING IN AMERICA

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About the author (2010)

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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