27 October 2006

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Don't Get Too Comfortable by David Rakoff (4.5/5)

The front cover of the book describes it as: "The Indignities of Coach Class, the Torments of Low Thread Count, the Never-Ending Quest for Artisanal Olive Oil, and Other First World Problems." Rakoff explores the "problems" over the course of several 10-20 page essays with a great deal of wit; his deft satire gives the book thought-provoking depth.

Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends come to mind in the essays where Rakoff forays into environments of wealth, privilege, and vanity. His outsider's view of events lures the reader in. About every other page has a sentence or two I want to copy down and stick to my wall, so I reckon I should just buy the book.

Watch him make Jon Stewart laugh here. It was enough to hook me.

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5 comments :

  1. Hooked me, too. I'm off to Amazon right now...

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  2. Sounds great! I'll look out for it!

    Cxx

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  3. AJ! Good to see you. I think you'll dig it.

    Claire: It's definitely worth checking out.

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  4. It sounds hilarious, I'll tick it off on my wishlist :) (And I really don't mind watching Jon Stewart laugh. At all...)

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  5. Scholiast: It's funny and reflective which I thought was very cool.

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