Erik Tarloff is the author of the national best-seller Face-Time, and The Man Who Wrote the Book. The latter was on the recommended summer reading lists of the New York Times Book Review, Long Island Newsday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Salon.com, National Public Radio, and was named one of the memorable books of the year by the New York Times. His most recent book is All Our Yesterdays.
Much of his early work was written for the screen, both large and small. His list of credits includes almost one hundred situation comedy scripts, including multiple episodes of M*A*S*H, All in the Family, the Bob Newhart Show, the Jeffersons, Alice, Room 222, Housecalls, My World and Welcome To It, and many others. For his television writing, he has been nominated for an Emmy Award, a Writers Guild Award, and an NAACP Image Award.
He has also been involved in the development of some fifteen or twenty long-form theatrical motion picture scripts for many major studios in Hollywood. These include an early draft of the animated feature Aladdin for Disney Studios, Cheetah for the same studio, and Car 54, Where Are You? for Orion Pictures.
He is the author of three plays, Something to Hide, Another Week-End in the Country and Cedars. The first was produced at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, the second at the Richmond Shepherd Theater in Los Angeles, where it won the Dramalog Award for Playwriting and First Honorable Mention at the Beverly Hills Theater Guild Awards, and the third is being produced at the 2014 Berkshire Theater Festival. He has had fiction published in The Paris Review, Penthouse, Slate (a serialized novel written in collaboration with Francine Prose and Jefferson Morley), and anthologized in the volume Last Night’s Stranger.
He has contributed reviews and articles to Earth, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Washington Post Book Review, The San Francisco Chronicle Book Review, Working Woman, Washingtonian Magazine, San Francisco Focus, Vogue, Salon, The American Prospect, and The Financial Times, among others. He has been a frequent contributor to the British magazine Prospect, where he is a contributing editor. He has also published music criticism (both popular and classical), literary criticism, a diary from the 1996 Democratic Convention, and an assortment of other features in Slate, where he was a regular book critic for several years. He is currently a blogger at Atlantic Online.
He has lent a pro bono speechwriting hand to the addresses of former President Bill Clinton, former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, and former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala.
He currently lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, economist Laura Tyson.