David Rakoff, writer and performer, died Aug 9, 2012 at his home in New York City. He was 47. He was a Folk School student who wrote of his Brasstown experiences in a New York Times T Magazine article in 2007. He was a member of the Folk School Board of Directors. He was a regular contributor to public radio’s This American Life. “The New Tenants” for which he adapted the script and played the lead role, won the best short live action film Academy Award in 2010. He published three books of humorous essays, Fraud, Don’t Get Too Comfortable and Half Empty. In 2011, he won the Thurber Prize, the highest literary honor for humor writing.
David Rakoff loved the Folk School, and did all he could to help it.
Keather Gougler is the Marketing & Communications Director at the John C. Campbell Folk School.