Don't Get Too Comfortable

Don't Get Too Comfortable

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David Rakoff’s bestselling collection of autobiographical essays, Fraud, established him as one of today’s funniest and most insightful writers. Now, in Don’t Get Too Comfortable, Rakoff moves from the personal to the public, journeying into the land of unchecked plenty that is contemporary America. Rarely have greed, vanity, selfishness, and vapidity been so mercilessly and wittily skewered.

Somewhere along the line, our healthy self-regard has exploded into obliterating narcissism; our manic getting and spending have now become celebrated as moral virtues. Whether contrasting the elegance of one of the last flights of the supersonic Concorde with the good-times-and-chicken-wings populism of Hooters Air, working as a cabana boy at a South Beach hotel, or traveling to a private island off the coast of Belize to watch a soft-core video shoot—where he is provided with his very own personal manservant—Rakoff takes us on a bitingly funny grand tour of our culture of excess. He comes away from his explorations hilariously horrified.

At once a Wildean satire of our ridiculous culture of overconsumption and a plea for a little human decency, Don’t Get Too Comfortable shows that far from being bobos in paradise, we’re in a special circle of gilded-age hell.



Baker & Taylor
A collection of essays provides a sardonic glimpse of American contemporary society, documenting how extreme consumerism has led to a culture of excess, greed, and vanity.

Baker
& Taylor

A collection of trenchant and insightful essays by the author of Fraud provides an eye-opening glimpse of the pervasive greed, selfishness, vapidity, and vanity of contemporary America's culture of excess. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday : c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385510363
0385510365
Branch Call Number: 814.54 R137d
Characteristics: x, 222 p. ; 22 cm

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hgeng63 Aug 11, 2012

I hate this bk because it just reeks with self-hatred.

ser_library Jul 28, 2011

better to read an essay a week rather than sit down for 2+ hours

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