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David Rakoff, 1964-2012

Image by Larry D. Moore, used under a Creative Commons ShareAlike License

Image by Larry D. Moore, used under a Creative Commons ShareAlike License

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Mr. Rakoff was famous for his dark, deeply honest, and most of all, his funny observations on the human condition. And as a gay Jewish Canadian writer living in New York, he was well-placed to analyze and satirize daily life.

David Rakoff died last week at his Manhattan apartment after having cancer for two years. He was forty-seven.

Mr. Rakoff was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 after doctors found a tumour in his left shoulder. He wrote about the experience in the book he was writing at the time, entitled Half Empty, which later won the Thurber Prize for American Humor.
 
But Mr. Rakoff was also well-known for his contributions to the radio programs This American Life on WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio , CBC Radio's Wiretap.

 

Jonathan Goldstein is the host of Wiretap.  We reached him in New York.

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