Rakoff, David


Photo credit: Paul Roosin

David Rakoff, recipient of the 2011 Thurber Prize for American Humor, was a regular contributor to GQ, New York Times Magazine and Public Radio International's This American Life. His writing also appeared in Outside, Salon, Details, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Wired, New York Magazine, and The New York Observer, among others. 

As an actor and director, he worked with Amy and David Sedaris on numerous productions, appeared in Cheryl Dunyé's film "The Watermelon Woman," portrayed Lance Loud on stage, Vladimir Mayakovsky on public television, and Sigmund Freud in the window of Barney's department store. 

He was a guest on "The Late Show with David Letterman," "Late Night with Conan O'Brian," and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." David wrote the adaptation for and starred in the 2010 Academy Award Winning short film "The New Tenants."  He lived in New York City.

Mr. Rakoff died on August 9th, 2012. Click here to read the obituary in the New York Times.


The Uncollected David Rakoff (Edited by Timothy Young), Anchor Books, October 2015 (Essays)

Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die; Cherish, Perish… Doubleday, July 2013 (Novel)

Half Empty, Doubleday, 2010 (Non-fiction)

Don't Get Too Comfortable, Doubleday, 2005 (Non-fiction)

Fraud,  Doubleday, 2001 (Non-fiction)


“The dizzying work of the late, preposterously talented Rakoff has finally been corralled in an anthology of profound entertainment.”     O, The Oprah Magazine, "10 Titles to Pick Up Now"

“A candid, hilarious, self-effacing grab bag of writings on subjects—the art of the wedding toast, tween angst, Frank Sinatra, friendship, New York tourists, and Rakoff’s many adventures abroad and on public radio—that tickled the prize-winning humorist.”—Elle 

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