A media savvy social satirist, Alix Straussis a frequent contributor and columnist at the New York Times, where her work focuses on pop-culture, trends, relationships, marriage and weddings. She's been a featured lifestyle journalist for more than 20 years and has appeared as a travel and trend writer on national morning and talk shows including ABC, CBS, CNN, and most recently, The Today Show. Her articles, which have appeared in the New YorkTimes, The Financial Times, Crain’s New York, Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, T&L, Conde Nast Traveler, and Departures (among others), cover a range of topics from trends in beauty, travel, and food to celebrity interviews. She is an award winning, four-time published author whose work includes: The Joy of Funerals, Based Upon Availability (Harper Perennial), and Death Becomes Them: Unearthing the Suicides of the Brilliant, the Famous, and the Notorious (Harper Perennial). She is also the editor of Have I Got a Guy for You, an anthology of mother coordinated dating horror stories.
In Death Becomes Them,Strauss takes a provocative look at the self-imposed deaths of the famous and infamous. In this fascinating and intimate chronicle of celebrity suicides, the spotlight shines on the lonely last moments of Kurt Cobain and Ernest Hemingway, Abbie Hoffman and Adolf Hitler, Sylvia Platt and Virginia Wolf, Dorothy Dandridge, Sigmund Freud, Hunter S. Thompson, and others. Death Becomes Them explores their sadness and madness, their accomplishments and addictions, and the circumstances that led to their irreversible decision.
The Joy of Funerals won the Ingram Award, and was named Best Debut Novel by The New York Resident. Strauss’ essays have been anthologized - most recently in Sex, Drugs & Gefilte Fish: The Heeb Storytelling Collection. Her short story, “Shrinking Away”, won the David Dornstein Creative Writing Award. She is the recipient of several awards and fellowships from programs such as the Wesleyan Writers Conference, the Skidmore College Writer’s Institute, the Sarah Lawrence Summer Program, and the Squaw Valleyʼs Screenwritersʼ Summer Program.
As an educator, she has spent the past 20 years teaching both continuing education and college students, be it journalism, fiction, non-fiction, and the business of publishing. Her training also includes working at Columbia Presbyterian in the psychiatric ward teaching drama therapy to suicidal teens. Strauss lectures extensively, having spoken at over 100 events and symposiums. Though the topics of suicide, mental illness and addiction can often feel taboo to discuss openly, she hopes to end such stigma by talking to students about prevention as they are presented with the challenge of college life. Strauss was chosen to speak at the National Jewish Book Festival and is on the National Speakers Bureau for Israeli Bonds. In addition, she has spoken at numerous conferences and panels including: The Southern Festival of Books, The Northwest Bookfest, The New England's Writer's Conference, Wesleyan Writer's conference, The 92nd Street Y, NYU, Center For Communications, Mediabistro, Columbia University, among others. She hosted a monthly event at Makor called Word of Mouth Thursdays, featuring readings of personal essays, works in-progress, and novel excerpts.
Currently, she resides in New York.
Praise for The Joy of Funerals:
“The desire for human connection runs throughout Alix Straus’ dark and spirited novel, The Joy of Funerals.”
– Vanity Fair
“Die-hard fans of Six Feet Under will go crazy for this kooky collection of short stories about nine women dealing with love and death…you can’t help but keep turning the pages.”
“In whatever way Alix Strauss has come to know this pain, her pen may just help you recognize some of your own with an eye toward making things better. The book’s subtitle is ‘A Novel in Stories.’ Notice the world ‘love’ in novel, for that’s what you may feel after reading this very fine book.”
– Beverly Hills Outlook