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September 22, 2010

Get Out: David Rakoff at Central Enoch Pratt Free Library

Humorist David Rakoff writes about nightlife only occasionally, and music hardly ever.

But the big music events this week are slated for the weekend - High Zero, and Virgin FreeFest - and tonight's City Paper Best Of party is invite only. So, he is today's Get Out.

And why shouldn't he?  Rakoff is the thinking man's David Sedaris. He doesn't pull the stadium-sized crowds Sedaris pulls, and he doesn't write about living in the French countryside. Instead, he reports and writes these understated pieces on city life and new age retreats with Steven Seagal

His latest book, "Half Empty," comes out this year, and in an interview with Terry Gross, he talked about being diagnosed with cancer while writing it.

His last books, including the awesome "Don't Get Too Comfortable," is at Google Books almost in its entirety.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

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