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Don't Get Too Comfortable (edition 2006)

by David Rakoff

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Title:Don't Get Too Comfortable
Authors:David Rakoff
Info:Anchor Canada (2006), Paperback, 240 pages
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Interesting Eleanor Roosevelt quote from page p. 62 of the book
"no one can humiliate you without your consent..."
Shira Destinie
MEOW Date Tuesday, April 24, 12014 H.E. (Holocene Era) ( )
  MEOWDate | Jul 15, 2014 |
This was a good collection of essays, I particularly liked, "Love it or Leave It," "What is the Sound of One Hand Shopping?" and, "Off We're Gonna Shuffle." I like a good slightly-pessimistic-and-yet-actually-deeply-optimistic essay, and many of these pleased. ( )
  dcunning11235 | Jan 20, 2014 |
Funny stories - mostly about the angst of crazy first-world living issues like Marha Stewart, knowing the difference between sea salts, and cryogenetic freezing of your head. Not as funny as David Sedaris - but still amusing. ( )
  stuart10er | Nov 5, 2013 |
Good reading! I love books with essays, and his are always entertaining. ( )
  ownedbycats | Sep 1, 2013 |
I can't remember how on earth I found this book or who recommended it to me. Anyway, I'm glad I found it. And I'm very sad to have just discovered that the author died last year.

He writes beautifully. Laugh out loud funny. Biting wit.

So smart.

Fabulous stuff.

I'm ordering more from my local library.

What is it? Oh - essays on the problems of the First World. Musings. Ruminating. But intelligently so. ( )
  alexdaw | Jul 13, 2013 |
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It's a terrific idea for a book, perfectly suited for a self-indulgent and self-analytical generation, and Rakoff has some stinging things to say. But there's no getting around the fact that, at heart, this is more a collection of vaguely related magazine pieces (much of the material here has already appeared in places like Details, Harper's Bazaar, Seed and GQ, and on public radio's "This American Life," where Rakoff is a regular) than a coherent seriocomic manifesto.
 
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0767916034, Paperback)

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 shoot—where he is provided with his very own personal manservant—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, Don’t Get Too Comfortable shows that far from being bobos in paradise, we’re in a special circle of gilded-age hell.

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In these essays, social satirist Rakoff journeys into the land of unchecked plenty that is contemporary America, skewering overconsumption, greed, vanity, selfishness, and vapidity. 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. Whether 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 shoot--where he is provided with his very own personal manservant--Rakoff takes us on a grand tour of our culture of excess, and comes away from his explorations hilariously horrified.--From publisher description.… (more)

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