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David Rakoff

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Helen Gets Her Groove Back

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A bold slice of life from David Rakoff's last book.

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Party Animals

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Party, party, party. Good ones, strange ones, embarrassing ones in stories by Lynda Sexson, Etgar Keret, Sherman Alexie, and David Rakoff.

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David Rakoff Remembered

Thursday, January 29, 2015

David Sedaris, who was a friend of the late David Rakoff’s, praises him as a “lover of language” who “could read anything" in this special tribute episode.

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Roberto Bolano's Gomez Palacio

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A whimsical tale by Roberto Bolano.

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Leonard Michaels' Cryptology

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A neurotic mathematician goes off the rails.

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Cryptology

Friday, June 27, 2014

This reading by David Rakoff of Leonard Michaels’ “Cryptology” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “A Tribute to David Rakoff ” hosted by David Sedaris.

 

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Gomez Palacio

Friday, June 27, 2014

This reading by David Rakoff of Roberto Bolano’s “Gomez Palacio,” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “A Tribute to David Rakoff ” hosted by David Sedaris.

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Selected Shorts: A Tribute to David Rakoff

Friday, June 27, 2014

David Sedaris hosts a tribute to David Rakoff

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Selected Shorts: Love, Longing, and Loose Change

Friday, June 20, 2014

Love and a long distance runner, love, or chocolate, and love and loose change in three romances.

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What Do We Have in Our Pockets?

Friday, June 20, 2014

This reading by David Rakoff of Etgar Keret’s “What Do We Have in our Pockets?” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Love, Longing, and Loose Change,” hosted by Cynthia Nixon.

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Short Stories about Hoping for Love in All the Wrong Places

Friday, January 03, 2014

Not so much sex and the city, but three stories about longing for love presented by guest host Cynthia Nixon.

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Celebrating James Thurber With Wyatt Cenac

Friday, September 27, 2013

“Something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone…” in this case, a celebration of the great American humorist James Thurber by guest host comedian Wyatt Cenac.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Martha Plimpton and Ira Glass on their Friendship with David Rakoff

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

David Rakoff, who died last August at the age of 47, wrote a novel in his last years called Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish. Ira Glass, executive producer and host of This American Life, who recorded Rakoff's audiobook, talks about his life and final work.

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Selected Shorts: A Tribute to David Rakoff

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Guest host David Sedaris offers a program celebrating the late David Rakoff, who is heard performing two stories.

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Selected Shorts: Love and Longing

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents readings of three stories whose characters hope for love.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

David Rakoff

Friday, December 28, 2012

Writer and humorist David Rakoff's writing was witty and sardonic and very funny. He died in August at the age of 47. He was on the Lopate Show in October 2010 to talk about his book Half Empty, which won the 2011 Thurber Prize for American Humor. We’re replaying a selection of that interview now to remember him.

Listen to other interviews with Dakid Rakoff here.

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Selected Shorts: The Private Paradise

Sunday, September 16, 2012

This program explores finding paradise and fixing the world in stories by promising young writers and established humorists.

 

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Selected Shorts: Saying Goodbye to David Rakoff

Friday, August 17, 2012

David Rakoff, who died on August 9th, was a much-beloved member of the SELECTED SHORTS company and family.  We wanted to do something to honor him this week.   This preview of his reading of Dave Eggers’ “Your Mother and I,” which will be featured in a forthcoming broadcast, shows his great sweetness and humor.  We miss him terribly. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Remembering David Rakoff

Monday, August 13, 2012

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.

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Selected Shorts: What is Real?

Sunday, April 29, 2012

On this program, appearances are deceiving in stories about apartments and neighbors.

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