In August, Aziz Ansari signed a deal to write his first book, an untitled semi-academic tome about "the basic issues facing a single person—whom we meet, how we meet them, and what happens next—have been radically altered by new technologies." Today, Ansari announced that he created a subreddit section on the website Reddit to start conversations to help him research the book via personal stories from Reddit users.
The subreddit, called "Modern Romantics," features a bunch of questions from Ansari (like "Has anyone broken up or gotten into a huge fight with a partner based on something you saw on their phone or computer?" and "Has anyone [...]
A lot of great writers don't get discovered until after their death, and in the case of Charlie Chaplin, some writers don't even get published until almost 40 years after their death. According to THR, the only book Chaplin ever wrote was recently discovered and restored by the Cineteca di Bologna in Italy. Titled Floodlights, the 34,000-word work follows a struggling comedian named Calvero who "vows to stage a comeback and 'rock them with laughter like I used to.'" Chaplin finished the book in 1948 after the slow decline of his own career following a string of films in the 20s and 30s.
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Here's the trailer for B.J. Novak's first book, a collection of short stories called One More Thing: Stories & Other Stories and is due out February 4th. The trailer stars Novak, his The Office costar Mindy Kaling, and also people who weren't on The Office.
Saturday Night Live cast member Taran Killam is taking his first steps into the comic world. The Illegitimates, the comic book series he's writing with Marc Andreyko, drops its first issue on Wednesday. The story follows the bastard children of a fallen James Bond-esque super spy who were the products of his one night stands and are now expected to form a new spy team together. Entertainment Weekly has a preview of the first issue up now.
Comedy group The State announced today that they're releasing their comedic USA travel book, State by State with The State: An Uninformed, Poorly Researched Guide to Traveling the United States in e-book form for the first time ever on Tuesday, November 5th. The book, available for pre-order now, was written by the 11 members of The State (Kevin Allison, Michael Ian Black, Ben Garant, Todd Holoubek, Michael Patrick Jann, Kerri Kenney, Tom Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Michael Showalter, David Wain) after the demise of their sketch show in 1997, but it's been out of print for the last several years.
Check out a trailer for the [...]