David Rakoff's 'The Invisible Made Visible': VIDEO


in "The Invisible Made Visible", a This American Life stage show segment that was broadcast to movie theaters live in May of this year, David Rakoff, who died last week after a battle with cancer, recalls the effects of a surgery which cut a nerve that had been causing him constant pain but which left his arm rather useless.


(via dan savage)

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  1. I heard this initially in my car on NPR. I was hoping to see this online. I had tears in my eyes as I drove, listening. Now I have seen this beautiful man dance.

    Posted by: john patrick | Aug 13, 2012 8:56:17 PM

  2. I'm sure it's very good, but I do not need to watch something depressing today.

    Posted by: Byron St. James | Aug 13, 2012 10:42:37 PM

  3. so instead you opened the link and then went to the trouble of typing a comment?? What a waste of our and your time... For the record, its not depressing.

    Posted by: Nick | Aug 14, 2012 12:29:26 AM

  4. @ Nick: You said exactly what I was thinking!

    This is a terrific video; Rakoff is [was] a brilliant speaker - expressive, intelligent, honest, relatable, witty and utterly devoid of false sentiment.
    There is nothing depressing or difficult in this video, but you'd have to watch it to know that.

    Thanks for posting, Andy :)

    Posted by: Jack | Aug 14, 2012 12:56:16 AM

  5. He was an old soul - sharing his most important vision - to miss this piece is to miss something soul-changing - do not waste three more seconds - watch, listen, cry, and love.
    this was important.
    IS important.

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  7. I am the empty, battered suitcase at 82, that Mr. Rakoff speaks about. I am the one "that nobody wants," but Mr. Rakoff makes me see more clearly that I am alive (and still kickin'--if a little bit weakly and with an arthritic leg. But it moves.
    What a man! What a loss to all of us that he is gone.

    Posted by: Mikey | Aug 14, 2012 3:17:21 PM

  8. Thank you so much for posting this, Andy.

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