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More David Rakoff — The New Tenants

This 21-minute film, written by Anders Thomas Jensen and adapted by David Rakoff, won the 2009 Oscar for Best Live Action Short.

It stars Rakoff, Kevin Corrigan, and Vincent D’Onofrio.


David Rakoff’s Thoughts on Rent

NSFW:  Language

I didn’t see the televised not-really-live performance of Rent last night, but I read some of the reviews this morning. While I was searching for them on the web, I found this wonderful old recording of David Rakoff’s thoughts on the musical.

He was not a fan.

I’ve been a fervent devotee of this passionate and humane writer since I first saw him when he was a guest of Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.

Among other honours, Rakoff won the Thurber Prize for American Humor. You can see why in his two-minute Advice to Graduates.

David Rakoff died after a horrific battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma on 17 August 2012. This is his funny, sad, and beautiful Final Performance.

David Rakoff in “This American Life: The Invisible Made Visible”

The first time I saw David Rakoff was during one of his frequent appearances on The Daily Show.  He was so charming and amusing that I ordered a copy of his book Don’t Get Too Comfortable before the show even ended.

This video, from May 2012, was one of his last public appearances.  He died about three months later,