David Rakoff published essays in dozens of periodicals, including GQ, Salon, Details, New York, Vogue, Outside Magazine, Slate, and Harper’s Bazaar. Eventually he collected this work in three exquisite books of essays, Fraud, 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, and Half Empty. For these Rakoff was award numerous literary honors, including two Lambda Literary Awards and the prestigious Thurber Prize for Humor. A founding contributor to the popular radio program “This American Life,” Rakoff was also a screenwriter, playwright, and actor with nearly a dozen films and plays to his credit. He died in 2012 at the age of 47.