It was exactly the kind of thing you’d imagine David Rakoff, the sweet but kvetchy essayist who died last year, rolling his eyes at.
Last week, 62 readers convened on the fourth floor of the Union Square Barnes & Noble to commemorate the posthumous publication of Mr. Rakoff’s novel in verse, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish.
Yet perhaps in the spirit of the Canadian-born essayist, who was 47 when he succumbed to cancer last August, the evening was remarkably touching without slipping into overt sentimentality—a signature trait of Mr. Rakoff’s work.
Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish
(Doubleday, 128 pp., $26.95)
David Rakoff’s posthumous novel of longform verse, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish stands as the author’s final love song to American Beauty in all its myriad forms. The couplets rhyme in iambic tetrameter, a cutesy trick when telling the tale of a Read More
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David Rakoff, an “East Asian Studies Major Who Has Forgotten Most of His Japanese” and one of New York’s finest essayists, passed away Thursday evening following a long battle with cancer. He was 47.