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David Rakoff

Ode to Kiddie Leashes

Rob Sachs | Posted 10.02.2013 | Parents
Rob Sachs

Twas a fortnight ago in my van-a-mini/I became witness to a modern day pity/A spunky, young, vivacious lad/Tethered to his woesome dad/To my wife I groaned out a "Sheesh!"/"Look at that kid! He's sportin' a leash!"

Best New Books Out This Week

| Posted 07.17.2013 | Books

First published in Publishers Weekly This week: an author who can do seemingly anything with words, a Florida to Alaska road trip, and David Rakoff...

The Late David Rakoff's Early Radio Days

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 10.27.2012 | Media
Bill Lichtenstein

We always were pleased that we had a role in his early radio days. His powerful combination of wit, compassion and humanity will be sorely missed and lives on in his work.

My Friend David Rakoff

Dave Hill | Posted 10.13.2012 | Arts
Dave Hill

I always marveled at the willingness of a guy as relentlessly sweet, intelligent and sophisticated as he to portray himself as an absolute moron or -- even better -- a complete asshole in front of the camera. Who else would insist we get a shot of him pretending to masturbate furiously to A Dictionary of Yiddish Slang and Idioms? He was the king.

David Rakoff's Death: Saying Goodbye To One Of My Favorite Writers

Lori Fradkin | Posted 10.12.2012 | Books
Lori Fradkin

One of the things I loved about his writing was how a single observation, a single sentence, would make me stop and recognize just how good it was. It would stick with me.

Remembering David Rakoff: My Blind Date With Him And Other Stories

Steven Petrow | Posted 10.11.2012 | Books
Steven Petrow

My blind date with David Rakoff was the best of my life. We became pals and co-conspirators in the cancer club.

WATCH: David Rakoff In Bizarre Adult Swim Show

Posted 08.10.2012 | Comedy

In light of the untimely passing of beloved author David Rakoff, we thought we'd share a strange little nugget from his career as a reminder of what a...

Popular Humorist And Radio Personality Dies

Posted 10.10.2012 | Books

David Rakoff, the popular writer and radio personality, died yesterday of cancer, age 47. He was a frequent contributor to the radio show This America...

Dan Savage Recounts First Trip To A Chicago Gay Bar

Posted 08.28.2011 | Chicago

As part of a new Slate feature closing out Pride Month, eleven prominent gay, lesbian and bisexual writers, including David Rakoff, Alison Bechdel and...

WATCH: David Rakoff On Jon Stewart

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Jon Stewart last night asked his guest, author David Rakoff, to explain the warning label posted on the cover of his new book: "No inspirational life ...