On March 14, 2012, I had the pleasure of seeing humorist David Rakoff interviewed before a live audience for Randy Cohen's "Person, Place, Thing" radio show/podcast. It was clear that David knew his time on this planet was fading fast -- he would die just five months later -- but he was as sharp and funny as ever, even as he occasionally hinted at his impending fate, a topic that was never directly addressed.
My friend David Rakoff died one year ago. He was smart and funny, caustic and clear-eyed, with the rare ability to make the most scathing comment while conveying a fundamental sense of decency and kindness. Yet talented as he was as a writer and performer, his greatest gift was for friendship. He had more friends, and more intimate and abiding friendships, than anyone I know: he might have been the most beloved man in New York. You’ll get a sense of why in this conversation recorded at 92Y Tribeca on March 14, 2012.Listen to Part 1 HERE. and Part 2 HERE.