“Gleefully wacky and irreverent.”

–The New York Times

“Line by line, Mr. Rudnick may be the funniest writer for the stage in the United States today.”

–The New York Times

“Deeply funny musings and adventures elevate Paul Rudnick to the highest level of American comedy writing.”

–Steve Martin

“One of the funniest quip-meisters on the planet.”

–The New York Times

“Paul Rudnick is a champion of truth (and love and great wicked humor) whom we ignore at our peril.”

–David Sedaris

“Quips fall with the regularity of the autumn leaves.”

–Associated Press

January 13, 2015

New Forms

couch-potatoEveryone keeps talking about binge-watching, but I’ve formed so many other new habits:

Fragment-watching:I keep catching bits and pieces of the Baz Luhrmann Great Gatsby on HBO. The movie is gorgeous and garish, so dipping into it feels like breezing through a wonderfully overstuffed catalogue.

Rerun Addiction: I’ve seen certain episodes of 30 Rock and Mary Tyler Moore countless times. I should be bored but instead I feel blissful, as if I’ve developed a pleasureable sort of dementia.

Kindling: This is very dangerous, but my Kindle allows me to flit from book to book, as the various novels and memoirs compete for my attention.

Distracted Surfing: this basically defines the Internet. Sometimes I stop reading in the middle of a word.

Theatergoing Bell Curves: Often when I read about an upcoming show I become passionate about seeing it. Then if I wait long enough my interest will wane, and by the time my curiosity returns the show will have closed. Oddly, this pattern can feel like a completed experience.

Very few of these habits are healthy. That’s why when I actually see a movie in a theater or read a hardcover book, the experience can be shocking and exhilirating: it’s the difference between a snack and a meal. And snacking, of course, is the only truly modern form of consumption.