Half Empty

Half Empty

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The inimitably witty David Rakoff, New York Times bestselling author of Dona€™t Get Too Comfortable, defends the commonsensical notion that you should always assume the worst, because youa€™ll never be disappointed. In this deeply funny (and, no kidding, wise and poignant) book, Rakoff examines the realities of our sunny, goshAs everyone-can-be-a-star contemporary culture and finds that, pretty much as a universal rule, the best is not yet to come, adversity will triumph, justice will not be served, and your dreams wona€™t come true. The book ranges from the personal to the universal, combining stories from Rakoffa€™s reporting and accounts of his own experiAsences: the moment when being a tiny child no longer meant adults found him charming but instead meant other children found him a fun target; the perfect late evening in Manhattan when he was young and the city seemed to brim with such posAssibility that the street shimmered in the moonlighta€”as he drew closer he realized the streets actually flickered with rats in a feeding frenzy. He also weaves in his usual brand Oscar Wildea€“worthy cultural criticism (the tragedy of Hollywooda€™s Walk of Fame, for instance). Whether hea€™s lacerating the musical Rent for its cutesy depicAstion of AIDS or dealing with personal tragedy, his sharp obserAsvations and humorista€™s flair for the absurd will have you positively reveling in the power of negativity. This edition includes an excerpt from David Rakoff's Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish.This edition includes an excerpt from David Rakoffa#39;s Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish.

Title:Half Empty
Author:David Rakoff
Publisher:Anchor - 2010-09-21


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