“In the moment” – an appreciation of David Rakoff

“What remains of your past if you didn’t allow yourself to feel it when it happened? If you don’t have your experiences in the moment, if you gloss them over with jokes or zoom past them, you end up with curiously dispassionate memories.”

from “Fraud” by David Rakoff

Immensely saddened this morning to read of David Rakoff’s passing. “Fraud”, his first collection of essays, and his performances on NPR’s “This American Life” helped me shape my own artistic voice and challenged me to transform one’s quotidian life into an stream of witty notes and picture-postcards from the road.

This piece on being an assistant in publishing rings so very true, even if people no longer take dictation: This American Life Episode 208: Office Politics

“In the moment” – an appreciation of David Rakoff

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