|Aaron Michael Goldfarb|
February 10, 1979 |
New York, NY, United States
|Occupation||Writer, screenwriter, blogger|
|Alma mater||Syracuse University|
|Genres||Comedy, satire, short stories|
|Notable work(s)||How to Fail: The Self-Hurt Guide, The Cheat Sheet|
Aaron Goldfarb (born February 10, 1979 in New York City) is an American writer best known for his 2010 satirical novel How to Fail: The Self-Hurt Guide, the world's first self-hurt guide, and his short story collection about "the sexes, sex, and sexiness in New York" The Cheat Sheet. He also writes for Esquire.
Goldfarb was born in Manhattan and raised in Oklahoma City. He graduated from Putnam City North High School in 1997 where he was junior class president and a contemporary of Olivia Munn. He then attended Syracuse University where he earned a bachelor's degree in television, radio, and film at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and was screenwriting partners with Tim Calpin, future writer of the 2009 film Assassination of a High School President. There, he also majored in English & Textual Studies where he had both Mary Karr and George Saunders as professors. After college, Goldfarb moved to New York to pursue a writing career.
Goldfarb's first novel How to Fail: The Self-Hurt Guide was published by Chateau Publishing House in November 2010. Goldfarb has been labeled a "Self-hurt guru" and How to Fail is widely considered the world's first self-hurt guide, the satirical opposite of a self-help guide  The controversial author of Happy Hour is for Amateurs, Philalawyer, blurbed that How to Fail was "Piss-yourself funny." Len Edgerly of The Kindle Chronicles podcast noted that How to Fail was "reminiscent of a classic that raised eyebrows sixty years ago: J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye." A noted craft beer enthusiast, Goldfarb eschewed book stores and instead spent November and December 2010 signing How to Fail at bars across America 
Goldfarb is also the author of the 2011 short story collection The Cheat Sheet. Film students at Goldfarb's alma mater of Syracuse University dedicated the entire 2011 spring semester toward adapting some of these short stories into short films. Goldfarb returned late in the semester for a film festival in which he and some other Hollywood professionals selected a winner.
In the summer of 2012, Goldfarb released a book of essays and stories about drinking called Drunk Drinking.
Goldfarb's second novel, reportedly titled A Guide for the Single Man, is slated for release in 2013. He is also currently adapting How to Fail for the big screen as well as The References, the first short story in The Cheat Sheet, for cable television.
Goldfarb has written for Esquire, Beer Advocate, Shecky's, The Daily Beast, The Daily, and MTV2's Guy Code. An avid Syracuse basketball fan, Goldfarb writes a weekly column, "It's Taco Time in the Salt City!," for popular Syracuse sports blog Troy Nunes is An Absolute Magician.
- Paluska, Peter. "Interview with Aaron Goldfarb – Author". Peter Paluska Dot Com. Peter Paluska. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
- "Shaping the Mind's of America's Youth: Aaron Goldfarb". The Lost Ogle. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
- "Aaron Goldfarb". Dailybrink.com. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
- Goldfarb, Aaron. "How to Be a True Beer Geek". Esquire. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
- "Author Aaron Goldfarb returns home to Oklahoma City". Blog.newsok.com. December 21, 2010. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
- "Shaping The Minds of America's Youth: Aaron Goldfarb". The Lost Ogle. March 2, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
- Sperling, Deb (November 16, 2010). "Bash Compactor: How to Fail at Being Sober". Nypress.com. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
- "Final Cover Design " the AARON GOLDFARB blog". Aarongoldfarb.com. Archived from the original on May 10, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
- "The Kindle Chronicles 136". The Kindle Chronicles. February 25, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
- "an on-line magazine for writers and readers". AuthorMagazine.org. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
- Steinkamp, Lindsay. "Cool and Relaxed on Vimeo". Vimeo.com. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
- "013 Linchpin Podcast – Aaron Goldfarb; The guy who turned down a chance to work for Seth Godin and ironically the author of "How to Fail: The Self-Hurt Guide" | The Unofficial Linchpin Podcast". Linchpinpodcast.com. April 7, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
- "Meet the Author Podcast: Aaron Goldfarb, "How to Fail" | BookLending.com Blog". Retrieved June 5, 2011.
- Goins, Jeff. "Interview with Aaron Goldfarb". Goins Writer. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
- Goldfarb, Aaron. "How To Be a Beer Geek". Esquire. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
- Goldfarb, Aaron. "Aaron Goldfarb's Twitter". Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- "Manhattan's Best Craft Beer Bars". Shecky's. Shecky's Nightlife. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- "Reading the Future". The Daily.
- Goldfarb, Aaron. "The Biggest Morons You'll Meet on St. Patrick's Day". Guy Code Blog. MTV. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- Goldfarb, Aaron. "It's Taco Time in the Salt City!". Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician. SB Nation. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- Goldfarb, Aaron. "It's Taco Time in the Salt City!: Drinking on the Road to the Final Four". Troy Nunes is An Absolute Magician. SB Nation. Retrieved April 8, 2013.