It was just last year that David Rackoff won the prestigious Thurber Prize for American Humor for his essay collection Half Empty. One of the essays, another shoe, had the author ruminating about his battle with cancer and how there was chance he would have to have his left arm and shoulder amputated.
'There are other extra-functional and non-cosmetic realities I have to consider,' he wrote. 'How does someone without a left arm know he’s having a heart attack, for example?'
On Thursday (9 August), Rakoff died from the cancer at the age of 47.