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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

That's a 'unique' writing style

“As a writer, I need an enormous amount of time alone. Writing is 90 percent procrastination: reading magazines, eating cereal out of the box, watching infomercials. It's a matter of doing everything you can to avoid writing, until it is about four in the morning and you reach the point where you have to write. Having anybody watching that or attempting to share it with me would be grisly.” – Paul Rudnick

 Born this day in 1957, Paul Rudnick is an American playwright, novelist, screenwriter and essayist.  First catapulted to fame for his work Addams Family Values, his plays have been produced both on an off Broadway and around the world.   Most of his works for theater are comedies and the New York Times once said, "Line by line, Mr. Rudnick may be the funniest writer for the stage in the United States today."   

A native of New Jersey, he attended Yale University and his first hit play was Poor Little Lambs, a comedy about a female Yale student's attempt to join the Whiffenpoofs, the famed (one-time) all-male singing group.

Since 1998, Rudnick also has been a frequent contributor to The New Yorker magazine, mostly short humor pieces. His work appears in the collections Fierce Pajamas and Disquiet, Please.  

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