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Friday, August 10, 2012

RIP David Rakoff

Posted by on Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Horrible news: This American Life contributor and Thurber Prize-winning writer David Rakoff has died.

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jBee 1
Posted by jBee on August 10, 2012 at 8:37 AM · Report this
carriemcc 2
Absolutely tragic.
Posted by carriemcc on August 10, 2012 at 8:50 AM · Report this
This is so sad. My condolences to his friends and family.
Posted by uhh... on August 10, 2012 at 8:52 AM · Report this
David was so talented and funny. Such a great voice, figuratively AND literally. Listen to his segments on This American Life…
Posted by St. Murse on August 10, 2012 at 9:01 AM · Report this
Zebes 5
I'm sorry to see him go. Like many, I'm familiar with him through TAL, where I've always found him to be one of the most distinctive and clever voices on the show.

47 is so young, too. Crud.
Posted by Zebes on August 10, 2012 at 9:25 AM · Report this
Allyn 6
I'll miss his voice on Wiretap.

RIP, Rakoff, thank you for Freud.
Posted by Allyn on August 10, 2012 at 9:34 AM · Report this
I am terribly sorry he is gone. Such a loss for gay culture in America too. Too few gay men worth a damn survived to our age. Rakoff helped a post-epidemic audience (whose leaders mostly got wiped out) cultivate a renewed appreciation for a sophisticated comic sensibility. God damn cancer.
Posted by gloomy gus on August 10, 2012 at 9:35 AM · Report this
kid icarus 8
Posted by kid icarus on August 10, 2012 at 9:38 AM · Report this
I always thought Rakoff was the best of the This American Life crowd. Long after that clique got maudlin and precious, David remained grumpy and wry.
Wiretap on the other hand has always been awful and even he couldn't save it.
Posted by couchetard on August 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM · Report this
Volo 10
Tragic. We're lucky he gave so much in the time he had.
Posted by Volo on August 10, 2012 at 10:34 AM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 11
I nearly ran off the road from laughing the weekend before last listening to him and Jonathan Goldstien reading his story consisting of letters between Gregor Samsa and Dr. Seuss. Just brilliant.

He will be greatly missed.
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on August 10, 2012 at 11:13 AM · Report this
Matt the Engineer 12
Posted by Matt the Engineer on August 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM · Report this
Gidget 13
Damn it all to hell. Not a way to start a Friday. RIP, David. You will be missed.
Posted by Gidget on August 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 14
I am shocked that he was Killed By Racoons.
Posted by Will in Seattle on August 10, 2012 at 11:57 AM · Report this
Luisa 15
My heart has a new crack running through it today. Que en paz descanse David Rakoff. Too too young to leave us.
Posted by Luisa on August 11, 2012 at 4:36 AM · Report this

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