We mourn the passing of David Rakoff, storyteller extraordinaire, humorist and chronicler of gay life. He was 47 years old and had long battled cancer, specifically Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In 2011 he won the Thurber Prize for American Humor for his book Half Empty.
The New York Times’ obituary noted his style as “amiable dyspepsia with an almost palpable undercurrent of melancholy.”
We listened to David Rakoff’s stories on This American Life, hosted by Ira Glass and a show where we have long heard and begun to appreciate new voices in storytelling and humor.