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David Rakoff

David RakoffAKA David Benjamin Rakoff

Born: 27-Nov-1964
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died: 9-Aug-2012
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: Cancer - unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Atheist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Gay [1]
Occupation: Author

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Don't Get Too Comfortable

[1] Brett Leveridge, interview, "David Rakoff", Salon, 11 June 2001: "I think it's far more politically significant that Outside magazine allowed me to, unself-consciously and completely without comment, be visibly, notably gay in a feature article I wrote for it. It didn't have a problem with that at all, and I don't think anybody noticed. But that seemed significant to me."

Father: Vivian Rakoff (psychiatrist)
Mother: Gina Shochat-Rakoff (physician)
Brother: Simon Rakoff (comedian)
Sister: Ruth Rakoff (author)

    High School: Forest Hill Collegiate Institute (1982)
School of Oriental and African Studies, London, England
    University: BA East Asian Studies, Columbia University (1986)

    This American Life Regular Contributor
    The New York Times Magazine (1999-2002)
    Harper Collins
    John Kerry for President
    Naturalized US Citizen 2005 (dual with Canada)
    Thurber Prize for American Humor (2011)
    Latvian Ancestry
    Lithuanian Ancestry
    Jewish Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Former Smoker

    Strangers with Candy (17-Jun-2006)
    Capote (2-Sep-2005) · Ben Baron

Author of books:
Fraud: Essays (2001, essays)
Don't Get Too Comfortable: The Indignities Of Coach Class, The Torments of Low Thread Count, The Never-ending Quest For Artisanal Olive Oil, And Other First World Problems (2005, essays)
Half Empty (2010, essays)

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