David Rakoff

I was very sad to hear that David Rakoff passed away. He is one of my favorite authors.

Back in my first semester in art school I made this poster based on his monologue Christmas Freud for my typography class. The larger words are from a fortune cookie, the smaller from David’s monologue, and the image is a painting, “American Prayer”, by Gottfried Helnwein.

I entertained ideas of sending him a copy but I could never get up the nerve. I wish I had.

The text reads:

I am the ghost of Christmas subconscious.
I am the anti-santa.
I am Christmas Freud.
People tell me what they wish for.
I tell them the ways their wishes are unhealthy or wished for in error.
— David Rakoff

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