Don't Get Too Comfortable

David Rakoff, Author, David Rakoff, Read by
David Rakoff, Author, David Rakoff, Read by , read by the author. Random House Audio $16.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-7393-2335-9
Reviewed on: 12/05/2005
Release date: 09/01/2005

Humorist and social critic Rakoff (Fraud ) skewers everything from high society to lowbrow politics in this collection of trenchant essays about American culture's excesses and deficiencies. His understated, suave delivery has endeared him to throngs of public-radio fans, and it's an excellent foil for setting up his frequently stinging brand of ridicule. Like David Sedaris, Rakoff's smart writing is elevated by reading his own material, including his hilariously imagined rejoinder to fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Rakoff clearly writes from a liberal perspective, but his most important viewpoint is that of the savvy and often affronted outsider, whether taking wing amid the opulence of the Concorde or being offered wings in the markedly less elegant comforts of Hooters Air. Whatever the case, his deadpan style and barbed observations bring more than a few targets down to earth. Simultaneous release with the Doubleday hardcover (Reviews, May 30). (Sept.)

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