Don't Get Too Comfortable

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Broadway Books, 2006 - Humor - 222 pages
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A bitingly funny grand tour of our culture of excess from an award-winning humorist.

Whether David Rakoff is contrasting the elegance of one of the last flights of the supersonic Concorde with the good-times-and-chicken-wings populism of Hooters Air; working as a cabana boy at a South Beach hotel; or traveling to a private island off the coast of Belize to watch a soft-core video shoot--where he is provided with his very own personal manservant--rarely have greed, vanity, selfishness, and vapidity been so mercilessly skewered. Somewhere along the line, our healthy self-regard has exploded into obliterating narcissism; our manic getting and spending have now become celebrated as moral virtues. Simultaneously a Wildean satire and a plea for a little human decency, Don't Get Too Comfortable shows that far from being bobos in paradise, we're in a special circle of gilded-age hell.
 

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User Review  - dcunning11235 - LibraryThing

This was a good collection of essays, I particularly liked, "Love it or Leave It," "What is the Sound of One Hand Shopping?" and, "Off We're Gonna Shuffle." I like a good slightly-pessimistic-and-yet-actually-deeply-optimistic essay, and many of these pleased. Read full review

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User Review  - stuart10er - LibraryThing

Funny stories - mostly about the angst of crazy first-world living issues like Marha Stewart, knowing the difference between sea salts, and cryogenetic freezing of your head. Not as funny as David Sedaris - but still amusing. Read full review

Contents

WHAT IS THE SOUND
21
S ESI ON PKIVADA
31
WILDMAN
43
AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
54
PRIVATES ON PARADE
79
BEACH BUMMER
90
Live from the Isle ofjov
118
CANT GET IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE
130
A I SI1 AC I
174
Ol I WERE CONN A SHUTTLE
204
K N O W L E D C M E N T S
223
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David Rakoff is the author of four New York Times bestsellers: the essay collections Fraud, Don't Get Too Comfortable, and Half Empty, and the novel in verse Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish. A two-time recipient of the Lambda Literary Award and winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, he was a regular contributor to Public Radio International's This American Life. His writing frequently appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Wired, Salon, GQ, Outside, Gourmet, Vogue, and Slate, among other publications. An accomplished stage and screen actor, playwright, and screenwriter, he adapted the screenplay for and starred in Joachim Back's film The New Tenants, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short. He died in 2012.

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