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‘Happyish’ Review: Showtime’s Dark Comedy Is Just Sad

With Mad Men about to end its 7-year run, the new dark comedy from This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander is debuting at 9:30 PM on April 26 to try to skewer the advertising industry and almost everything else. However, unlike...Show More Summary

Shalom Auslander creates a curmudgeon much like himself in 'Happyish'

Shalom Auslander lives in a bubble, and he likes it that way, thank you very much.

Showtime’s ‘Happyish’: A dark, profane dramedy without any heart

It’s rare to encounter a half-hour dramedy on a premium network that is as misconceived, off-putting and impenetrably shrill as Shalom Auslander’s “Happyish,” which will have its official premiere Sunday night on Showtime. (The network...Show More Summary

More Like Crappyish

Shalom Auslander, creator of the new Showtime series Happyish, is a gloomy, guilt-ridden, miserable man. Professionally. That’s his schtick. Raised an Orthodox Jew, the fortysomething Auslander now makes his living peddling angsty personal essays about his tortured relationship to pornography, or to defecation, or to humanity in general. Show More Summary

Showtime Picks Up Happyish, The Affair

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Showtime comedy Happyish was given a ten-episode order today, the network announced. The show, created by author Shalom Auslander, stars Hoffman as a vaguely miserable 42-year-old hoping to find more, well, happiness in his life. Kathryn Hahn plays his wife, and Rhys Ifans plays his boss. Let... More »

Shalom Auslander among finalists for the 2013 Thurber Prize

The finalists for the 2013 Thurber Prize for American Humor include Shalom Auslander for his darkly funny novel "Hope, A Tragedy." But all is not grim: The other finalists are Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel for "Lunatics," a madcap story of soccer dads, and Dan Zevin for his comic memoir of fatherhood, "Dan Gets a Minivan."

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kathryn Hahn to Star in Showtime Pilot 'Trending Down'

Hoffman will also executive produce the comedy from "This American Life" contributor Shalom Auslander and Ken Kwapis. read more

Nothing Funnier Than Unhappiness: A Necessarily Ill-Informed Argument for Flann O’Brien’s The Poor Mouth as the Funniest Book Ever Written

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

Not much of a thank you speech

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...

Jewish literary prizes

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

Please Welcome Big Freedia, Transcendental Porn Stars, Chris Hayes, "Carrie," and Shalom Auslander

Oh now this looks like a weekend, OH YES, LET'S DO THIS THING. SHAKE IT. Plus: a tiny bit of snow. Eh. --- See more posts by Choire Sicha 1 comments

When Your Mentor Is A Monster

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...

Designers on Their Favorite Book Covers of 2012

2 years agoArts : NYTimes: ArtsBeat

"The Flame Alphabet" by Ben Marcus, "Hope: A Tragedy" by Shalom Auslander and more.

Hitler was an optimist

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

“Pointless and trivial.”

“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

Hello, Shalom.

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

Really Good Books About Real People: Part Three

3 years agoHumor : The Hairpin

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

Auslander, Markus Resign from McCann

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

Books: Book Review: Shalom Auslander: Hope: A Tragedy 

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

So, Nu?: Shalom Auslander’s Hope: A Tragedy

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.

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