Don't Get Too Comfortable: The Indignities of Coach Class, the Torments of Low Thread Count, the Never-Ending Quest for Artisanal Olive Oil, and Other First World Problems by David Rakoff (Paperback / softback, 2006)
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A bitingly funny grand tour of our culture of excessfrom an award-winning humorist. WhetherDavid Rakoffis contrasting the elegance of one of the last flights of the supersonic Concorde with the good-times-and-chicken-wings populism of Hooters Air; working as a cabana boy at a South Beach hotel; or traveling to a private island off the coast of Belize to watch a soft-core video shoot where he is provided with his very own personal manservant rarely have greed, vanity, selfishness, and vapidity been so mercilessly skewered. Somewhere along the line, our healthy self-regard has exploded into obliterating narcissism; our manic getting and spending have w become celebrated as moral virtues. Simultaneously a Wildean satireand a plea for a little human decency, Don t Get Too Comfortable shows that far from being bobos in paradise, we re in a special circle of gilded-age hell.
David Rakoff is the author of four New York Times bestsellers: the essay collections Fraud, Don t Get Too Comfortable, and Half Empty, and the novel in verseLove, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish. A two-time recipient of the Lambda Literary Award and winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, he was a regular contributor to Public Radio International s This American Life.His writing frequently appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Wired, Salon, GQ, Outside, Gourmet, Vogue, and Slate, among other publications. An accomplished stage and screen actor, playwright, and screenwriter, he adapted the screenplay for and starred in Joachim Back s film The New Tenants, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short. He died in 2012.