He has written for the New York Times Magazine, Outside, GQ, Vogue and Salon. He has also been a frequent contributor to the radio program This American Life on Public Radio International.
Rakoff's essays have been collected in the books Fraud and Don’t Get Too Comfortable.
He recently told Newsweek about his five most important books.
One title to make the list:
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon. Aphorisms and observations from a lady of the court of Heian Japan, fully a thousand years ago. A perfect read-aloud book.Read about the other books on Rakoff's list.