We are sad to learn of the death of David Rakoff, at forty-seven, after a long battle with cancer. Rakoff’s essays and contributions to This American Life include what must be the most melancholy humor writing of our time, or else the funniest melancholy writing. Even at his most arch, Rakoff wrote with an undertone of kindness that made his fans love him (ourselves very much included). Many of his readers will feel that they have lost a friend.

We are sad to learn of the death of David Rakoff, at forty-seven, after a long battle with cancer. Rakoff’s essays and contributions to This American Life include what must be the most melancholy humor writing of our time, or else the funniest melancholy writing. Even at his most arch, Rakoff wrote with an undertone of kindness that made his fans love him (ourselves very much included). Many of his readers will feel that they have lost a friend.

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    Well. Damn. Vaya con Dios, David.
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    Absolutely.
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    I’m listening to Half Empty right now. I am more disturbed by Rackoff’s death than I would have thought. I guess it is...
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