Acclaimed Writer, Actor David Rackoff Dies at 47

Writer David Rakoff died last week after a long bout with cancer. He was 47 years old.

The Internet is plastered with universally affectionate obituaries and remembrances (such as those at The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and The Paris Review). Even before his death, people had access to videos of Rakoff’s off-beat readings, videos that now are being watched by many for the first time.

The Atlanta-Fulton Library owns a copy of Rakoff’s Half Empty, but he wrote two other collections of essays as well: Fraud and Don’t Get Too Comfortable. He also wrote screenplays, acted in many plays, and was well-known to listeners of public radio’s This American Life.


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