Don't Get Too Comfortable

Don't Get Too Comfortable

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David Rakoff takes us on a bitingly funny grand tour of our culture of excess. Whether he 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 shoota€”where he is provided with his very own personal manservanta€”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, Dona€™t Get Too Comfortable shows that far from being bobos in paradise, wea€™re in a special circle of gilded-age hell. This edition includes an excerpt from David Rakoff's Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish.a€œHow to makeaquot; almost always trumps aquot;How to lauyaquot; in my book. (There are exceptions. Ia#39;m perfectly happy not to have to grind my own flour or blow my own lightbulbs.) It was Martha Stewart, in fact, who made me realize that aquot;art fag, aquot; theanbsp;...

Title:Don't Get Too Comfortable
Author:David Rakoff
Publisher:Anchor - 2005-09-20


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