Requiescat: David Rakoff

He died last night of that cancer. Thanks to This American Life for putting this online—and for being the main venue through which I knew him, while I could. See also: Fresh Air, Boing Boing, and the Awl.

Incidentally, this piece from the last TAL live show wasn’t the final work of his I heard—that would be this imaginary correspondence between Gregor Samsa and Dr. Seuss. Which, I know, right? But it’s really pretty awesome.◼

Terry Gross after hours

Yesterday I saw the latest live presentation of “This American Life,” as broadcast to a multiplex in Minneapolis. Jealous? You should be. Because it was awesome.

But fortunately, one of the best segments, a short film by the comedian Mike Birbiglia, is now freely available online. It’s … probably not describable without spoiling it. Just watch, already.

Birbiglia’s upcoming movie looks pretty good, too.◼