10 of the Funniest Essayists of Our Time

By Emily Temple

The witty social commentator David Rakoff will be missed—both by his readers and by his frank, funny contemporaries.

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David Rakoff
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Like many of you, this week we were saddened to hear of the death of phenomenal and darkly comic essayist David Rakoff, who had been battling cancer for many years. To celebrate his life and the great literature he left us with, we've put together a list of some of the funniest modern essayists who, like Rakoff, are following in the giant footsteps of Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker, and James Thurber as America's great humorists. We've tried to limit ourselves to purely contemporary writers, but since we've lost several hilarious and essential voices all too recently, we've cheated just a bit.

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