Aziz Ansari writing book about love

The comedian reportedly received a $3.5 million advance

Published August 23, 2013 2:50PM (EDT)

Days after Drew Barrymore announced that she's publishing a book about hearts, comedian Aziz Ansari has announced that he's writing a book about modern love.

Ansari, who is always spitting game (or trying to) as Tom Haverford, "The Brown Gosling," on "Parks and Recreation," wants to expand upon what it's like to date in an era that's so reliant upon technology: "You know when you text someone you're romantically interested in and you don't hear anything back and then you see them post a photo of a pizza on Instagram?" he asked. "That's exactly what I want this book to deal with. These are strange conundrums that no generation has ever faced before and it's a fascinating jumping off point for what I hope will be a very interesting book about modern courtship."

The Hollywood Reporter notes that "Ansari will work with 'noted academics' and 'conduct original research to help bring this new reality into focus.'"

Here's a bit from Ansari's stand-up special, "Dangerously Delicious," in which he jokes about the frustrations of texting someone you're dating:

According to Publisher's Weekly, Ansari is rumored to have received a $3.5 million advance from Penguin Books. Ansari is represented by 3 Arts' Richard Abate, who coordinated book deals for comedians Tina Fey, B.J. Novak and Mindy Kaling.

By Prachi Gupta

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