Stand up comedian and television actor Aziz Ansari has signed a deal with Penguin Press to write his first book. The project seems to be a departure from the typical young comedian-turned-writer fare, including books of essays by Mindy Kaling, Sarah Silverman, and Mike Birbiglia.
The New York Times reports that Aziz's book a study in "an entirely new era for singles, in which 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." Perhaps Aziz's comedy-book-with-a-purpose will resemble works like Amy Sedaris's "I Like You," being effortlessly funny but also centered around a theme unrelated to the comedian's career path.
Rumors report Aziz was awarded an advance of 3.5 million for the book, set to hit stores in September 2015. In a Valentine's Day interview with the AV Club earlier this year, Aziz discussed his views on modern romance, maligning young culture's dependence on text messages and social media to get relationships moving toward actual intimacy.
"A friend told me this story," Aziz writes, "that she [...] was at the airport, and there was a cute guy waiting on a delayed flight near her. He had headphones on and was watching Game Of Thrones. In the past, would he have been bored and struck up a conversation? Maybe? But we’ll never know, because he had his [...] headphones on and didn't even see her. We just isolate ourselves with all this media, and we might be cutting ourselves off to amazing experiences."