(Eric Molinsky)

On Monday’s podcast (our site will be dark for Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah), host Sara Ivry and contributing editor David Rakoff discuss the merits of hewing to a negative, or at least not especially positive, outlook on life. Rakoff, you see, has a new collection of essays called Half Empty, and is not ashamed to call himself a pessimist. In the course of the interview, Sara’s oppositional joie de vivre comes into high relief:

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