Basket Case Written on August 20, 2012, by Zack.
Continuing my foray into editorial illustration, here’s a piece to accompany an article by the late David Rakoff, “A Basket Case in North Carolina.”
If you listen to NPR or have visited a bookstore or opened a newspaper or magazine in the past few years, Rakoff’s should be a familiar voice. His journalistic exposés on everything from cryogenic freezing to cleansing diets to his own battle with cancer are marked with humor, insight, and the occasional lazer-guided quip that would so throughly eviscerate his deserving targets that you nearly feel sorry for them (nearly). He was also a memorable screen and voice actor, able to play a misanthropic New York nihilist and Dr. Seuss with equal acuity. He succumbed to cancer on the 9th, and the world is poorer for losing him.