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2012-08-10 12:24:42 PM
Aw, Christ. I loved Rakoff. This just sucks.
 
2012-08-10 12:44:10 PM
Indeed, but that headline would have made him laugh.
 
2012-08-10 12:55:48 PM
Essayists always go in threes.
 
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2012-08-10 12:57:06 PM
greenobles.com
RIP
 
2012-08-10 01:00:20 PM
Damn, I was hoping it was Ira Glass.
 
2012-08-10 01:46:25 PM
I always get This American Life mixed up with Prairie Home Companion, thinking that TAL is the one headed by Garrison Keillor... I was really hoping this was Keillor, I hate that man's voice, his lispy mush-mouthing and sibilant S's, with the fire of a thousand suns.
 
2012-08-10 02:04:45 PM

cameroncrazy1984: Damn, I was hoping it was Ira Glass.


WTF brah? He's a national treasure.
 
2012-08-10 02:30:47 PM

timujin: I always get This American Life mixed up with Prairie Home Companion


If they mention Lake Wobegon, it's "This American Life."
 
2012-08-10 02:58:48 PM

MacEnvy: cameroncrazy1984: Damn, I was hoping it was Ira Glass.

WTF brah? He's a national treasure.


He is, but his voice drives me crazy. It's a great show, but every time he talks it's like nails on a chalkboard to me.
 
2012-08-10 03:26:33 PM

cameroncrazy1984: Damn, I was hoping it was Ira Glass.


timujin: I always get This American Life mixed up with Prairie Home Companion, thinking that TAL is the one headed by Garrison Keillor... I was really hoping this was Keillor, I hate that man's voice, his lispy mush-mouthing and sibilant S's, with the fire of a thousand suns.


rigsamarole.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-08-10 03:37:02 PM
cdn.theatlanticwire.com

This American Life contributor looks like he's reading out of the Necronomicon.
 
2012-08-10 03:41:53 PM

cameroncrazy1984


Damn, I was hoping it was Ira Glass.


You. Shut your pie-hole.
 
2012-08-10 03:45:17 PM
No Red Dawn thread!?!?
 
2012-08-10 03:49:47 PM

RoyBatty: cameroncrazy1984: Damn, I was hoping it was Ira Glass.

timujin: I always get This American Life mixed up with Prairie Home Companion, thinking that TAL is the one headed by Garrison Keillor... I was really hoping this was Keillor, I hate that man's voice, his lispy mush-mouthing and sibilant S's, with the fire of a thousand suns.


yeah, it doesn't take that... all I have to do is turn to my local public radio station at the wrong time of the day and I get all ragey... I know, it's not a rational or adult response, but we all have our triggers.
 
2012-08-10 03:58:55 PM

timujin: yeah, it doesn't take that... all I have to do is turn to my local public radio station at the wrong time of the day and I get all ragey... I know, it's not a rational or adult response, but we all have our triggers.


Ya know, I actually agree. I like Ira Glass' voice, and I often like to listen to Keillor, but that guy can't sing worth shiat.

And I certainly know what it's like to flip to a station and have an instant rage at what I am hearing, or who I am hearing.
 
2012-08-10 04:04:51 PM
The This American Life app is great. Weird, funny, dark and warm. Highly recommended.
 
2012-08-10 04:15:30 PM

MacEnvy: cameroncrazy1984: Damn, I was hoping it was Ira Glass.

WTF brah? He's a national treasure.


What nation? Sorry, but that guy just grates on me.
 
2012-08-10 04:19:22 PM
I just spent this whole week at work listening to the TAL archives. RIP Assumedly smart guy.
 
2012-08-10 04:20:54 PM

RoyBatty: timujin: yeah, it doesn't take that... all I have to do is turn to my local public radio station at the wrong time of the day and I get all ragey... I know, it's not a rational or adult response, but we all have our triggers.

Ya know, I actually agree. I like Ira Glass' voice, and I often like to listen to Keillor, but that guy can't sing worth shiat.

And I certainly know what it's like to flip to a station and have an instant rage at what I am hearing, or who I am hearing.


Diane Rehm does that for me. It's not only her voice either, it's how she once shouted down someone that dared criticize something Obama did. I'm not a republican, nor a democrat, but that really irritated me. When I listen to NPR I want it to be as politically neutral as possible, and for her to not allow someone to express their opinion because it contradicted hers, really irked me.
 
2012-08-10 04:27:32 PM
David's Final performance at the This American Life live event on May 10th, 2012.
A man yearning for what cancer has taken from him in a proud way, and then about 12 minutes in, taking it back.

RIP David.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldqjM7x6NhE
 
2012-08-10 04:28:34 PM
Crap, Here it is as a link.
David's Last Dance
 
2012-08-10 04:43:33 PM
Don't know much about him, but my wife just flipped when I told her. So here's a proxy RIP.
 
2012-08-10 04:57:40 PM
He was Canadian. (sorry, from his 1997 TAL episode). He was an alarmingly nice guy to radio-folks what had doin's with him. I'll miss him.
 
2012-08-10 05:13:35 PM
That's what he looked like?

My mental picture was different. Hmmm, I guess with a beard and glasses he would fit my mental picture.

RIP David, I really liked listening to you
 
2012-08-10 05:16:53 PM
okay, that is the second cancer death this week that Romney is responsible for.

when will this guy stop??
 
2012-08-10 05:55:55 PM
It's not Ira Gwass from This American Gwife?
 
2012-08-10 05:59:08 PM
Hold on, I can do that better:

Comingupnext...

Iragwass...

Onthisamericangwife
 
2012-08-10 06:00:16 PM

Surool: [cdn.theatlanticwire.com image 614x383]

This American Life contributor looks like he's reading out of the Necronomicon.


I was going to ask if that was a flesh-bound tome. A regular François Prelati that guy.
 
2012-08-10 06:39:19 PM
Oof, it's a little weird to hear he died. For some reason I couldn't stand his segments on TAL, either his voice or the content, not sure, but it's still sad to hear he died.
 
2012-08-10 06:54:38 PM

theesir: David's Final performance at the This American Life live event on May 10th, 2012.
A man yearning for what cancer has taken from him in a proud way, and then about 12 minutes in, taking it back.

RIP David.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldqjM7x6NhE


We watched that live at our town's theater. Rakoff's was probably my favorite performance of the show. I'm a huge Sedaris fan, but despite his ridiculous get-up, it wasn't his greatest piece.
 
2012-08-10 07:13:07 PM
Even though I'm a huge NPR fan, the first place I encountered Rakoff was on America: The Book: The Audiobook. He was Thomas Jefferson, and his reading of, "Hell, I shiat in a bucket, and I was the President!" killed me every time.

Goodnight, sir, and flights of angels Dance thee to thy rest.
 
2012-08-10 07:16:32 PM

Genju: Surool: [cdn.theatlanticwire.com image 614x383]

This American Life contributor looks like he's reading out of the Necronomicon.

I was going to ask if that was a flesh-bound tome. A regular François Prelati that guy.


Here, I fixed it:

i49.tinypic.com
 
2012-08-10 07:24:47 PM
He was an amazing story teller and will be sorely missed. It's funny how this has made me very sad all day. I've never met the man, beyond being in the same room as he when This American Life did a traveling show. But having listened to his voice and reading his personal essays for years, that detail the minutiae of his life, it's like a good friend has died.
 
2012-08-10 07:25:35 PM

cameroncrazy1984: Damn, I was hoping it was Ira Glass.


You shut your mouth! How dare you! He is a hero to hipsters everywhere....and, incidentally, the only hipster I'd sleep with.
 
2012-08-10 07:30:37 PM

theesir: arning for what cancer has taken from him in a proud way, and then


I saw this live - I'm hardly ever moved to tears, but when he started dancing, it got mighty dusty in the theater.
 
2012-08-10 10:23:07 PM
Girion47: "When I listen to NPR I want it to be as politically neutral as possible"


Oh man, that's rich. Go on with your comedy gold.
 
2012-08-10 10:49:40 PM
47.

A baby.

A wonderful and witty talent.

Cancer really is the 'C-word'. Farkthissomuch.
 
2012-08-10 11:46:31 PM

timujin: I always get This American Life mixed up with Prairie Home Companion, thinking that TAL is the one headed by Garrison Keillor... I was really hoping this was Keillor, I hate that man's voice, his lispy mush-mouthing and sibilant S's, with the fire of a thousand suns.


But you still listen to him, right? I mean you must because you describe him so well.
 
2012-08-11 12:15:32 AM

Genju: Surool: [cdn.theatlanticwire.com image 614x383]

This American Life contributor looks like he's reading out of the Necronomicon.

I was going to ask if that was a flesh-bound tome. A regular François Prelati that guy.


Probably just one of those blank books you can buy at Barnes & Noble. Not the moleskines, the fancier ones.

Tree Calf would be cooler

scholar.library.miami.edu
 
2012-08-11 12:31:04 AM

cameroncrazy1984: Damn, I was hoping it was Ira Glass.


My first thought as well
 
2012-08-11 01:01:39 AM
Freud will be back soon.
 
2012-08-11 01:40:24 AM

westpointer: Girion47: "When I listen to NPR I want it to be as politically neutral as possible"


Oh man, that's rich. Go on with your comedy gold.


Oh bless your heart.

Can't remember him offhand but I'm wretched at remembering TAL contributors who don't have stupidly distinctive voices like Vowell or Sedaris. Archive trip it us for me I guess.
 
2012-08-11 04:24:41 AM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: westpointer: Girion47: "When I listen to NPR I want it to be as politically neutral as possible"


Oh man, that's rich. Go on with your comedy gold.

Oh bless your heart.

Can't remember him offhand but I'm wretched at remembering TAL contributors who don't have stupidly distinctive voices like Vowell or Sedaris. Archive trip it us for me I guess.


the episode where he has to watch cable is good.

Or the detox diet

Or the testosterone episode (great show, all around).

Or the one where they play "Who's Canadian"
 
2012-08-11 05:27:30 AM
that show just drips with self-importance.
maybe it is becausea lot of it is bullshiat random minutiae of so many aging urban hipster dude in first person.
or maybe it is the accompanying music.
whatever it is, it has pomposity in spades.
I'll take radiolab any day of the week.
 
2012-08-11 05:28:31 AM
I always loved listening to his segments on TAL and other NPR shows. His humor was witty and also so down to earth. He will be missed in a world with humor that is steering more towards towards ow my balls and less Christmas Freud.
 
2012-08-11 06:32:09 AM

Englebert Slaptyback: cameroncrazy1984

Damn, I was hoping it was Ira Glass.


You. Shut your pie-hole.


No no, that's Jesse Thorn.

And man, Rakoff...that Christmas tale of his, with it's perfect ending at a vicious office party, is just brilliant. It's Act One here.
 
2012-08-11 07:31:40 AM

soj4life: I always loved listening to his segments on TAL and other NPR shows. His humor was witty and also so down to earth. He will be missed in a world with humor that is steering more towards towards ow my balls and less Christmas Freud.


ooohh, Christmas Freud. Forgot that one.

And wedding toast poem.
 
2012-08-11 07:56:25 AM

relcec: that show just drips with self-importance.
maybe it is becausea lot of it is bullshiat random minutiae of so many aging urban hipster dude in first person.
or maybe it is the accompanying music.
whatever it is, it has pomposity in spades.
I'll take radiolab any day of the week.


Radiolab's just as annoying. Every story is presented as the most amazing discovery ever, and 5 people talk over each other. It's an editing style that I hate. It's like shaky-cam for radio.
 
2012-08-11 12:01:24 PM
Surool: [cdn.theatlanticwire.com image 614x383]

This American Life contributor looks like he's reading out of the Necronomicon.


Given it's NPR, I would have thought it would have been the Kama Sutra.

for dudes
ONLY dudes
 
2012-08-11 01:54:41 PM

LDM90: relcec: that show just drips with self-importance.
maybe it is becausea lot of it is bullshiat random minutiae of so many aging urban hipster dude in first person.
or maybe it is the accompanying music.
whatever it is, it has pomposity in spades.
I'll take radiolab any day of the week.

Radiolab's just as annoying. Every story is presented as the most amazing discovery ever, and 5 people talk over each other. It's an editing style that I hate. It's like shaky-cam for radio.


yeah, it is way over produced as well, but at least they are often talking about interesting science instead of recounting that time some random dude you've never heard of and don't give a shiat about was in middle school and took a bite of his hamburger and caught one of those hard cartilage or bone pieces between his teeth.
 
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