Press Release: Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School

A HILARIOUS AND IRREVERANT GUIDE DEDICATED TO
 POKING FUN AT THE GRADUATE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE

SURVIVING YOUR STUPID, STUPID DECISION

TO GO TO GRAD SCHOOL

By ADAM RUBEN (PhD!)   

“Indispensable for any prospective grad student who wants to get a jump on his or her anxiety requirements. This book proves that years of obscure, excruciating academic toil can, in fact, make a meaningful contribution to society as a source of comedy.”

—Jay Katsir, writer for The Colbert Report

 “Adam Ruben’s book is funnier than even the funniest dissertation, thesis, lab report, or legal brief. I wish my law school casebooks had been ten percent as enjoyable to read.”  

—Jeremy Blachman, author of Anonymous Lawyer

 

There exists a subculture of dedicated academics who consider spending years masochistically overworked and underappreciated as a laudable goal. They lead the lives of the impoverished, grade the exams of the whiny, and spend lonely nights in the library or laboratory pursuing a glowing truth that only six or seven people will ever care about. These people are grad students, and their salvation has arrived in SURVIVING YOUR STUPID, STUPID DECISION TO GO TO GRAD SCHOOL (Broadway Books; on sale: April 13, 2010; trade paperback original; $12.00) by Adam Ruben (PhD!). For those of the two million graduate students in the United States who could use a little levity, the millions who have already suffered through grad school, and the millions more poor saps still contemplating such folly, this book acts as a handy survival guide (that is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud)!

A blend of sophistry and idiocy, this book is a collection of short, humorous essays/lists/guides/charts about the low points and, well, lower points of graduate school. It pokes fun at an otherwise too-serious endeavor, offering advice on:

  • maintaining a veneer of productivity in front of your advisor
  • sleeping upright during boring seminars
  • which departmental events have the best free food
  • what pranks to play on hot, but vapid undergrads
  • and much more!

Very few humor books exist for grad students, and SURVIVING YOUR STUPID, STUPID DECISION TO GO TO GRAD SCHOOL promises to show the sadistic and often hypocritical world of post baccalaureate education.

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 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

National Lampoon contributor and frequent Food Detectives guest, Adam Ruben is a seven-year veteran of graduate school, a stand-up comedian with an undergraduate degree from Princeton, and, as of this past May, a PhD from Johns Hopkins that cost him a small piece of his soul.

SURVIVING YOUR STUPID, STUPID DECISION TO GO TO GRAD SCHOOL

By Adam Ruben (PhD!)

Published by Broadway Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

Trade paperback original; $12.00; 192 pages

ISBN 978-0-307-58944-6

www.broadwaybooks.com

 For more information about SURVIVING YOUR STUPID, STUPID DECISION TO GO TO GRAD SCHOOL or to schedule an interview with Adam Ruben (PhD!), please contact Caroline Sill at 212-782-8943 or csill@randomhouse.com.

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