Turns out I am not alone. I just had an emotional and intimate experience with an electronic device, my Kindle, because with its assistance I just read Half Empty by David Rakoff.
Rakoff's books are tales from his life and the world around him. And this is his best so far. And be warned, "no inspirational life lessons will be found in these pages". In Rakoff's world, justice will not necessarily win out, your dreams won't come true, and that nagging pain in your shoulder may really be cancer. He embraces the positive power of negative thinking.
Half Empty has dark funny stuff like Rakoff's battle with cancer, touching funny stuff like being a gay Jew touring Germany, wacky funny stuff like the love affair between Jews and pork, and light funny stuff like his disastrous acting gig in The First Wives Club, a film he talks about and doesn't actually name because they would absolutely sue his ass for what he says here.
I can relate to this dude - he is smart, sarcastic, opinionated, Jewish, Canadian, gay, liberal, neurotic, self-aware, successful. I am at least eight of those ten things. Maybe nine...