Last Thursday, David Rakoff, Canadian humorist, essayist, actor and frequent contributor to Public Radio International‘s This American Life died in Manhattan succumbing to his battle with cancer, he was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in 2010. He was 47 at the time.

A prolific and prizewinning writer, his work has appeared in GQ, New York Magazine,  The New York TimesSalon and Slate.

He will be missed by the literary world, in print and in web.


From The Daily Show, Thursday, October 14, 2010, David Rakoff talks about how he had a tumor while writing a book in defense of pessimism and melancholy.

The New Tenants, 2009 Academy Award winner for Best Live Action Short Film