Here’s how funny it is: It’s funnier than A Confederacy of Dunces. It’s funnier than Money or Lucky Jim. It beats Shalom Auslander to a bloody, chuckling pulp with his own funny-bone. It is certainly the funniest book I’ve ever read. Related...Show More Summary
Shalom Auslander just won the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize for Jewish Literature, for his book Hope: A Tragedy. You can watch his acceptance speech below, but be warned - he has some harsh things to say about the Almighty, althoug...
They've announced that Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander has been awarded the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize 2013 (though, sigh, not yet at the official site, last I checked; but see, for example, the Picador weblog mention). I haven't...Show More Summary
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Shalom Auslander grapples with the news that his favorite rabbi from high school has fled the US, accused of molesting students: [T]hat’s what makes this whole sordid tale so personally difficult. Because while my other rabbis encouraged me to be...
"The Flame Alphabet" by Ben Marcus, "Hope: A Tragedy" by Shalom Auslander and more.
Shalom Auslander, Hope: A Tragedy (New York: Riverhead, 2012). 304 pages.Is it possible to be a Jew through literature? Every other alternative to the Jewish religion and the Jewish state has failed to sustain Jewish identity, but for...Show More Summary
“Where, more importantly, is the story? David simply is. He does nothing, desires nothing. He exists, if that, and nothing more.” Shalom Auslander judges the prestigious Three Under Three prize. Related posts: Hello, Shalom. Shalom Auslander believes. Show More Summary
Shalom Auslander believes. He can’t really seem to help it. Related posts: So, Nu?: Shalom Auslander’s Hope: A Tragedy And therein lies the brilliance of Auslander’s novel: Hope: A... Upcoming Books: Daniel Alarcon, Shalom Auslander,...Show More Summary
Don't forget to peruse installments one and two! Foreskin's Lament, Shalom Auslander – Maybe my favourite book of the last five, ten years? So weird. I mean, it's an odd thing to hang your hat on the memoir of an angrily non-observant,...Show More Summary
Sources familiar with the matter confirm that EVP/ECD Craig Markus and senior creative director Shalom Auslander (pictured) have resigned from McCann Erickson. The pair worked together at the agency for nearly a decade across a variety...Show More Summary
At the opening of Hope: A Tragedy, Solomon Kugel and his family move to tiny Stockton, New York, specifically because it is a town with no history. There are bumper stickers proudly proclaiming that no famous people were born there, or that the site of a famous Revolutionary War battle took place elsewhere. Show More Summary
And therein lies the brilliance of Auslander’s novel: Hope: A Tragedy is about the fact that you can’t escape your own legacy, no matter how great your desire for a better world.
We found a number of events going on around town tonight, including Van Jones at the Hammer Museum; Shalom Auslander talks about his new book at the Skirball; Dog Haus Biergarten celebrates National Beer Can Day; and an installation of parking space art. Read on for all the details. [ more › ]
In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, George Pelecanos, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, David...
Adam Johnson talks about his new novel "The Orphan Master's Son," and David L. Ulin reviews Shalom Auslander's 'Hope: A Tragedy."
Shalom Auslander answers most of the questions in his Q&A with the Rumpus with jokes. Which makes moment when he (more or less) doesn’t, in response to a question about the connection between comedy and morals, interesting: “Humor is anger, … Continue reading ?
Shalom Auslander’s first novel, Hope: A Tragedy, reminds us that the world is a horrible, sad place, but luckily it’s damn funny, too.Nothing says the Holocaust like Anne Frank’s diary.On July 18, 1945, after his return to Amsterdam from Auschwitz, Otto Frank received an answer to his newspaper advertisement from two sisters who had seen [...]
Most of the job is just being honest about your own fucked-upness, of course, but hallowed-ground treading is pretty important, too.
Some new books this week: Adam Johnson’s much talked-about novel The Orphan Master’s Son, Shalom Auslander’s first novel and Hope: A Tragedy