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I Shudder: And Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey
I Shudder: And Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey (Paperback)
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From his classic plays and screenplays to his sidesplitting pieces for The New Yorker and Premiere, Paul Rudnick is one of our most adored humor writers. Now, in this long overdue collection, he casts his gleefully wicked eye on the world as he sees it: a landscape of stylish dowagers, irascible producers, and full-tilt eccentrics.
From living in a series of increasingly bizarre, altogether fabulous New York City apartments to cavorting with a cast of colorful artists and endearingly perplexing show business personalities who have to be read to be believed, to handling the finer points of putting up with his wonderfully outlandish but lovable family, Rudnick triumphs with I Shuddera raucously funny collection from one of America's true comedic treasures.
About the Author
Playwright, screenwriter, and novelist Paul Rudnick's celebrated works include the plays I Hate Hamlet and Jeffrey, and the screenplays In & Out and Addams Family Values. He also writes regularly for The New Yorker. Born in Piscataway, New Jersey, he now lives in New York City.
Praise for I Shudder: And Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey…
‚eoeI Shudder is filled with deeply funny musings and adventures that elevate Paul Rudnick to the highest level of American comedy writing.†It should be noted that I would be at the highest level of American comedy writing if I had had Paul‚e(TM)s early advantages.‚e
‚eoePaul Rudnick is a champion of truth (and love and great wicked humor) whom we ignore at our peril. There‚e(TM)s no book wiser or half as funny as I Shudder.‚e
‚eoeUproariously self-deprecating essays about being gay and Jewish in suburban New Jersey and downtown Manhattan...The vignettes that give the book its title offer...irresistible screeds against the indignities of modern urban life.‚e
-New York Times Book Review
‚eoeThe witty, sardonic playwright (Jeffrey) and screenwriter (In & Out, Addams Family Values) delivers an acerbic and entertaining memoir about his experiences as a child in New Jersey and an adult in showbiz.‚e
‚eoePiscataway, N.J. and Hollywood don‚e(TM)t usually have much in common, but writer Paul Rudnick finds absurdity in both.‚e
‚eoeUproariously self-deprecating essays of a gay, Jewish life in Manhattan, Hollywood and suburbia.‚e (Editor‚e(TM)s Choice)
-New York Times
‚eoe[A] lovable and astute collection of humor pieces...breezy and giddy with zingers, all handcrafted to make their good-natured defiance seem easy...[a] deceptively sweet and droll collection.‚e
‚eoeA laugh-out-loud pleasure to read...[Rudnick] writes with glee and unjudgmental warmth about the bohemian people and places of late 1970s and ‚e~80s.‚e
-Asbury Park Press
‚eoe[A] smart, dishy and very funny essay collection.‚e
‚eoeA hilarious, often touching hodgepodge. . . . It‚e(TM)s the literary equivalent of the tchotchke, at least as [Paul Rudnick] defines it: ‚e~Something peculiar which you don‚e(TM)t need, and which has no discernible purpose or value, but which you can‚e(TM)t live without.‚e(TM)‚e (Four out of four stars)