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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