And Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey
By Paul Rudnick
Harper, Hardcover, 9780061780189, 336pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
For more than twenty years, Paul Rudnick has been one of America′s most prominent and beloved humorists. From his acclaimed, much performed plays to his screenplays of wildly popular films to his regular contributions to Premiere magazine and The New Yorker, he has established himself as a comic genius whose talents transcend any one genre. Now, in this much overdue essay collection, he trains his wickedly perceptive eye on all manner of side-splitting subjects, from living in a series of increasingly bizarre, altogether fabulous apartments in New York City; to cavorting with a cast of colorful artists who have to be read to be believed; to dealing with some of the most perplexing yet endearing personalities in show business; to handling the finer points of putting up with, and loving, one′s family, however out of their gourds they may be; and, above all, to keeping one′s tongue sharp in the midst of life′s many obstacles and hilarities.
In this collection, Paul Rudnick takes his place firmly beside today′s most adored humor writers, from David Sedaris to Augusten Burroughs and onwards. Raucous, laugh-out-loud funny, and rendered in Rudnick′s gorgeous, always zinger-laden prose, I SHUDDER is one of the most accomplished essay collections in years, from one of America′s true comedic treasures.
Paul Rudnick is a screen writer, playwright and humorist whose work appears frequently in The New Yorker. He doesn't seem like the kind of guy who would shy away from fame. But Rudnick ended his first foray into making a major Hollywood movie by politely asking that his name be removed from the credits. Guest host Lynn Neary talks to humor writer Paul Rudnick about his new collection of essays, called I Shudder. More at NPR.org
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