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Half Empty by David Rakoff
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Apr 01, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction-history, humor, autobigraphy
Read from March 29 to April 01, 2012

I just finished this. I found it really enjoyable especially his chapters on the musical RENT and his comments on Madonna, an unnamed writer (although I did figure out who it was) etc. David Rakoff has a cutting wit and when he is funny he is hilarious. The book gets sadder as it moves along, his final chapter on dealing with his cancer (lymphoma, he nearly lost his arm) is quite heartwrenching. It was fitting that the theme of the book is that there really is no bright side to life that life is just life good and bad and you shouldn't think that things are going to get better because often they don't.
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03/29/2012 page 50
22.0% "This is the chapter on "Rent". Funny stuff!"
03/30/2012 page 57
25.0% ""Funny thing about words. Regarded individually or envountered in newspapers or books (written by other people), they are as lovely and blameless as talcum sweet babies. String them together into a sentence of your own, however, and these cooing infants become a savage gang straight out of Lord of the Flies. A sullen coven with neither conscience nor allegiance." Brilliant."
03/31/2012 page 187
83.0% "On the therapy chapter. Still enjoying this although it is less funny."
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