Paul Slansky is the author of six books: The Clothes Have No Emperor: A Chronicle of the American ’80s (1989), Dan Quayle: Airhead Apparent (1992, with Steve Radlauer), The George W. Bush Quiz Book (2004), My Bad: The Apology Anthology (2006, with Arleen Sorkin), Idiots, Hypocrites, Demagogues and More Idiots: Five Decades of Political Infamy (2008), and The Little Quiz Book of Big Political Sex Scandals (2009).  He also edited Carrie Fisher’s first novel, Postcards From the Edge (1987).

His profiles, essays, and humor pieces have appeared in The New Yorker (where his scathing political quizzes were a regular feature throughout the years of the Bush coup d’etat), The New York Observer, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, The New Republic, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Playboy, Esquire and dozens of other publications.  Several of his pieces have been included in anthologies, among them The Eminem Collection; Very Seventies: A Cultural History of the 1970s, From the Pages of Crawdaddy; and The I Hate George W. Bush Reader.  He worked as an editor at New Times magazine and The Soho Weekly News (both long defunct).  He also blogs for The Huffington Post.  He created the weekly news index format for Time.com in 2008.

He is the co-writer of the feature film Picture Perfect (1997), and co-creator of the NBC situation comedy Fired Up (1997-98).

In a 2006 column in The New York Observer, veteran journalist Ron Rosenbaum, who described him as a “documentary satirist,” wrote:

“Coming upon one of Mr. Slansky’s ‘Quizzes’ in The New Yorker and other venues is one of the rare pure comic-satiric pleasures to be found in contemporary periodicals … [he] has made an art out of scouring public, mostly political, utterances for emblematic instances of verbal misdeeds, misspeaks and mystifications, the more bizarre the better, all of which deserve more than their 15 seconds of ridicule … But Mr. Slansky does more than document; he possesses, like the great satirists, a Swiftian disgust at human folly …  He doesn’t feel he has to spell everything out, connect the dots for you, jab you in the elbow and say, ‘See the relatedness of it all.’  He respects your intelligence.”

His wife, Liz Dubelman, is the founder of the brilliant website www.vidlit.com.

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