Remembering David Rakoff

Monday, August 13, 2012 - 12:03 PM

Writer David Rakoff died Thursday at the age of 47. His humorous essays examined a wide range of subjects, from his annoyance at first-world problems to undertaking a 21-day fast to his own bout with cancer. His most recent essay collection, Half Empty, won the 2011 Thurber Prize for American Humor. He was a frequent contributor to This American Life, and the author of the essay collections Don’t Get Too Comfortableand Fraud. He responded to our Guest Picks question “What’s one thing you are a fan of that people might not expect?” with “As someone often seen as hating everything and being immune to pleasure, which isn’t true, I love everything (except sports). I’m just scared of it.” He was on the Leonard Lopate Show a number of times, and was always a generous guest. You can listen to those interviews below.

David Rakoff discussing Half Empty, October 11, 2010.

David Rakoff with Ruth Reichl and Jane Smiley, discussing food and creativity, July 11, 2006.

David Rakoff on Don't Get Too Comfortable, September 20, 2005.


Next week This American Life will dedicate the show to David Rakoff, playing favorite stories he did for the show.



David Rakoff


More in:

Comments [1]


Please, Leonard, Wnyc staff. What is the name of the young african (nigerian?) woman that Ruth and Leonard mentioned who wrote about peppers (at 18:30)? Please, anyone can tell me? I will send money and love to you all for that answer.

Aug. 13 2012 11:59 PM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.


About The Lodown

The Lodown is a blog about everything brought to you by the staff of the Leonard Lopate Show (Leonard will even drop by from time to time)! We cover food, art, politics, history, science and much more -- literally everything from Picasso to pork pies. Tips and suggestions are welcome so please send us your thoughts, curiosities and intellectual detritus!

Supported by