Paul Rudnick, a contributor to the New Yorker and other magazines, is also a playwright and screenwriter. But all you really need to know is that he is hilarious.
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His new memoir/fiction hybrid, I Shudder: And Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey (HarperCollins), is a collection of fifteen essays on subjects like Rudnick’s formative years in Piscataway. The book is worthy of the kind of massive audience garnered by fellow essayist David Sedaris.