Rakoff, reading a piece for TAL Live about his illness, and the operation that made his left arm paralyzed, about how when we all get older things stop working– Around minute 11 he walks away from his writing in mid-sentence and just starts dancing. One of the most stunning things I’ve ever seen live.
The final lines in the final essay, “Another Shoe,” of his recent book, “Half Empty,” :
Everybody’s got something. In the end, what choice does one really have but to understand that truth, to really take it in, and then shop for groceries, get a haircut, do one’s work; get on with the business of one’s life. That’s the hope, anyway.