David Rakoff and Jan Davidson at Grand Central Station

David Rakoff and Jan Davidson at Grand Central Station

The late David Rakoff held many distinctions including being the only person besides Ira Glass to host This American Life. He starred in and adapted the script of a movie that won an Oscar for best Foreign Short Film. He wrote the three best humorous essay books of the Twenty-First Century. He won the James Thurber Prize for American Humor, the big fried pie in that line of work. His peers approved. One website’s banner was “Actually Funny Man Wins Humor Award.” He was also one of the best friends the Folk School ever had, no joke. He wrote “The week I spent there is as close as it gets to my idea of paradise.” He worked very hard at the craft of writing, and when it got easy, which is never, he would throw himself a curve. His latest book is also his first novel, and he does it in verse. The result is formal and classic, funny and sweet, lusciously about language, life and love. Alexander Pope and Dr. Seuss lyrics to a story by Edith Wharton with accompaniment by Joni Mitchell. Check out the trailer for David’s book, and support the Folk School’s David Rakoff Scholarship Fund.