1. David Rakoff on why he doesn’t pray after receiving his cancer diagnosis: “Writer Melissa Bank  said it best: ‘The only proper answer to ‘Why me?’ is ‘Why not you?’ The  universe is anarchic and doesn’t care about us and unfortunately,  there’s no greater rhyme or reason as to why it would be me. And since  there is no answer as to why me, it’s not a question I feel really  entitled to ask. And in so many other ways, I’m so far ahead of the  game. I have access to great medical care. My general baseline health,  aside from the general unpleasantness of the cancer, is great. And it’s  great because I’m privileged to have great health. And I live in a  country where I’m not making sneakers for a living and I don’t live near  a toxic waste dump. You can’t win all the contests and then lose at one  contest and say ‘Why am I not winning this contest as well?’ It’s  random. So truthfully, again, do I wish it weren’t me? Absolutely. I  still can’t make that logistic jump to thinking there’s a reason why it  shouldn’t be me.” View in High-Res

    David Rakoff on why he doesn’t pray after receiving his cancer diagnosis: “Writer Melissa Bank said it best: ‘The only proper answer to ‘Why me?’ is ‘Why not you?’ The universe is anarchic and doesn’t care about us and unfortunately, there’s no greater rhyme or reason as to why it would be me. And since there is no answer as to why me, it’s not a question I feel really entitled to ask. And in so many other ways, I’m so far ahead of the game. I have access to great medical care. My general baseline health, aside from the general unpleasantness of the cancer, is great. And it’s great because I’m privileged to have great health. And I live in a country where I’m not making sneakers for a living and I don’t live near a toxic waste dump. You can’t win all the contests and then lose at one contest and say ‘Why am I not winning this contest as well?’ It’s random. So truthfully, again, do I wish it weren’t me? Absolutely. I still can’t make that logistic jump to thinking there’s a reason why it shouldn’t be me.”

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