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By David Rakoff

During this deeply shrewdpermanent and sneakily poignant number of essays, the bestselling writer of Fraud and Don’t Get Too Comfortable makes an encouraged case for continually assuming the worst—because then you’ll by no means be dissatisfied. no matter if he’s taking up popular culture phenomena with Oscar Wilde-worthy wit or facing own tragedy, Rakoff’s sharp observations and humorist’s aptitude for the absurd may have you absolutely reveling within the untapped strength of negativity.

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