Holy hell, that's a long title for a short book, David.
It's a short book, barely a hundred pages, covers a hundred years in the U.S., not Canada (hey David, what's the deal with that?). It reminds me of novelist Robertson Davies, another eccentric Canadian, and Walt Whitman, another gay man who adored New York and could not be categorized...and who was committed to a religion of kindness.
I am guessing that if you are reading my blog post, you probably know who David Rakoff is. If you don't, go away and Google him, and then come back. Listen to his This American Life interview with Ira Glass about "Who's Canadian?" Read his oddly touching essay about going to a new age spiritual center to hear Steven Seagal speak. Then come back and watch this. And if you are in New York, please join us at 7 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble in Union Square. Bring your Canadian flags and your cranky kindness.
Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish
Celebrating David Rakoff: Henry Alford, Melissa Bank, Augusten Burroughs, Charles Bock, Simon Doonan, Ira Glass and Sarah Vowell do a dramatic reading from the posthumous release of Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, Rakoff's novel-in-verse.
Wednesday July 17, 2013 7:00 PM
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003,
And here is David's last public performance. Watch the whole thing. Right to the end.