“People are really trying their best. Just like being happy and sad, you will find yourself on both sides of the equation many times over your lifetime, either saying or hearing the wrong thing. Let’s all give each other a pass, shall we?”
My heart sank this morning when I read about the death of the incomparable David Rakoff. Rakoff has long been one of my favourite writers and is one of the finest essayists and humourists of his generation. While I was aware of his illness, I had assumed that he would recover, because a world without David Rakoff was not worth considering. Now it’s a reality and it sucks. Make no mistake, we have lost one of the world’s finest exponents of prose and humour. Today, in celebration of Rakoff’s life and career, I’m going to spend some time revisiting my favourite Rakoff essays. You should, too.