Today is going to be my day for writing about books that I am giving up on. I tend to read most books I start eventually. It may take a while, I may put it down for months at a time. But at some point I have to decide whether it is worth it or I should just give up.
I am giving up on David Rakoff’s Don’t Get Too Comfortable a bit sooner than I normally would. It is a library book, so it has to be returned. I read about the first quarter of the book.
Rakoff is an essayist and fairly similar in feel to David Sedaris. Both have a very dry humor, both are gay, both are not fans of conservative politics and both I enjoy in small doses, but have a hard time finishing a book. I have started and stopped several Sedaris books, but I like to listen to him on radio when I know it is only a 15 or 20 minute story.
I read the first couple essays, about Rakoff becoming an American citizen and about Belieze and I just don’t care enough to finish. I am a democrat, I tend to be much more liberal than my friends, I was not a fan of the Iraq war or George Bush in general, but the amount of complaining about Bush and the government annoys even me.
Maybe it gets better, but it is time to quit.