Pantless Man In The Big City

I was pleased to hear from David Rosen this morning. The former Group CD at Deutsch in NYC has his first novel coming out next month. Rosen says, “I’ve been lucky enough to realize the copywriter’s dream — my novel, I Just Want My Pants Back, is being published by Doubleday/Broadway in August. I’m thrilled — I’m considering sporting a white suit and an ascot ala Tom Wolfe.”


The story follows the life of Jason Strider: a twenty-something young man in New York City with an English degree from an Ivy League university, a very small, very messy apartment in the West Village, a nothing job as a receptionist at a casting agency, a real smart mouth on him…and no particular idea what to do with his life.

David Lipsky, author of Absolutely American has some advance praise for the book. “This laugh-out-loud debut reminds us what it’s like to be young, broke, lost, and randy—in the best way. Rosen’s is a stand-out new voice, and he sings beautifully throughout.”

Rosen says, “I wrote it while I still had a full time job in advertising, so it was mostly after work, late-night-style. I developed a tricky little caffeine habit.”

Given Rosen’s background in the biz, it was hardly a stretch for him to produce a trailer, which is available on his site and at YouTube. He also notes that much of the publicity work for the book is falling on his shoulders and that advertising prepared him well for this aspect of the literary world.

Currently, Rosen is adapting Star Stories, named Britain’s Best New Comedy at the 2006 British Comedy Awards, for VH1.



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.