Paul Rudnick discusses the first pages of his latest novel, Farrell Covington and the Limits of Style, how he discovered Farrell’s character during his writing process, the love story that gave his story its spine, the fever dream of productivity that produced his riveting, rifting style, and how he refuses to take the missteps and messiness of early drafts too seriously.
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Paul Rudnick is a novelist, playwright, essayist and screenwriter, whom the New York Times has called, “one of our pre-eminent humorists.” His plays have been produced both on and off Broadway and around the world. He has won an Obie Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards and the John Gassner Playwrighting Award. His novels include SOCIAL DISEASE, I’LL TAKE IT, PLAYING THE PALACE and the YA novels GORGEOUS and IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT. His screenplays include IN & OUT, SISTER ACT, the screen adaptation of JEFFREY, and ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES. His new novel, FARRELL COVINGTON AND THE LIMITS OF STYLE, was published in June by Simon&Schuster.