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The inimitably witty David Rakoff, New York Times bestselling author of Don't Get Too Comfortable , defends the commonsensical notion that you should always assume the worst, because you'll never be disappointed. In this deeply funny (and, no kidding, wise and poignant) book, Rakoff examines the realities of our sunny, gosh 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 won't come true. The book ranges from the personal to the universal, combining stories from Rakoff's reporting and accounts of his own experiences: 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 possibility that the street shimmered in the moonlight--as he drew closer he realized the streets actually flickered with rats in a feeding frenzy. He also weaves in his usual brand Oscar Wilde-worthy cultural criticism (the tragedy of Hollywood's Walk of Fame, for instance). Whether he's lacerating the musical Rent for its cutesy depiction of AIDS or dealing with personal tragedy, his sharp observations and humorist's flair for the absurd will have you positively reveling in the power of negativity.
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|Last Grouping Update||2018-09-24 23:03:32PM|
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In this deeply smart and sneakily poignant collection of essays, the bestselling author of Fraud and Don't Get Too Comfortable makes an inspired case for always assuming the worst—because then you'll never be disappointed.
Whether he's taking on pop culture phenomena with Oscar Wilde-worthy wit or dealing with personal tragedy, Rakoff's sharp observations and humorist's flair for the absurd will have you positively reveling in the untapped power of negativity.
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|owning_library_catalog||Nashville Public Library|
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|subject_facet||American wit and humor, Audiobooks, Pessimism -- Humor, Rakoff, David|
|title_full||Half Empty, Half empty / David Rakoff, Half empty [sound recording] / David Rakoff|
|topic_facet||American wit and humor, Audiobooks, Biography & Autobiography, Essays, Humor (Nonfiction), Nonfiction, Pessimism, Rakoff, David|