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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 consistently assuming the worst—because then you’ll by no means be disenchanted. even 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 can have you certainly reveling within the untapped energy of negativity.

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