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Don't Get Too Comfortable by David Rakoff
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Jan 20, 2008

really liked it
Read in January, 2008

Ironically, as a secular humanist who shows no patience for groups like the Christian Right, Rakoff actually practies what those groups preach: He hates the sin, but loves the sinners. Or rather, he hates the stupid, shallow practices of modern American life, but shows a certain empathetic tolerance for the people who practice them.

Rakoff's criticisms of the absurd and narcisstic aspects of modern american life are intelligently snarky and, even better, consistently ring true. He's especially effective when he goes after the thin veneers of depth or transcendentalism behind which so much hides today. But at the same time, he often betrays a certain kindness toward the people involved, seeking to understand what drives people down such misguided paths even as he doesn't shy away from his convictions.

But the most impressive part is the writing. Almost every word means and evokes exactly what Rakoff wants it to and is placed in just the right spot.
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