It’s Been A While: Shameless Self-Promotion

By Nora Zelevansky / April 23rd, 2012

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If this post is incoherent, it's because I've finally succumbed to exhaustion.  Someone send me to one of those resorts/rehab facilities for celebrities, where I can go drink cucumber water and let other people take care of all my crap!

Who knew that setting the stage for a book release was so much work?  I guess it isn't unless you make it that way.  There's just an endless amount of things you can do to try to promote a novel and, though I'm sure some amount of it doesn't work, you want to exhaust every possible opportunity.  At least I do.  Still, I'm not complaining because I'm beyond excited (and not suave enough to hide it), but … I am tiiiiiiired.

Anyway, all that sleepiness certainly disappeared for a hot second, when Vicki, my editor at St. Martin's Press, sent me the above book cover, which is close to the finished version.  Yay!  I'm especially grateful for the effusive blurb from writer Molly Jong.  It's just so comforting to get positive feedback at this juncture. 

I've taken to Googling myself and the title, Semi-Charmed Life, kind of consistently (yeah, whatever, I admit it) to see if there are any new developments online.  That's how I discovered that I'd been added to Goodreads and, just this week, that the book seems to be available for pre-order at  LOVE me some, TargĂ©!  That was very exciting for me.

Meanwhile, I've been a busy bee, trying to pay my rent by writing the usual journalism stuff.  Here are some potentially fun reads from the bunch (maybe?):

For, a round-up of new spring spa treatments.

My Dame Magazine story on giving up cilantro for a year to become a millionaire and also a story on why smart women like "bad" TV.

A Huffington Post story on how I can't tell the difference between Park Slope and Portland.

My Huffington Post interview with Project Runway All Stars winner, Mondo!

A short interview for C Magazine with famous oncologist Dr. Agus about his new book, The End of Illness.

An interview with the goat farmer and creator of Laloo Ice Cream.

That's all for now!  Excuse me while I go pass out.

xo – N.


By Nora Zelevansky / February 1st, 2010

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I'm on the road again (on the road agaaain) on the east coast and have been sans TV since Thursday.  So, last night, while you guys were watched the Grammy Awards (why do you do that BTW?), I was watching this week's Project Runway.

While I enjoy images of Rihanna in 3-D glasses and Britney in, well, Debbie Allen's dance class outfit from the original Fame as much as the next gal, as long as I didn't miss Kanye doing something unconscionable, I don't feel like I missed anything.  Because I was watching bad fashion revealed too, but just on Lifetime.

Case and point is the above WINNING outfit from this week.  I cannot BELIEVE that none of the four judges (including this week's Matthew Williamson) acknowledged the beyond obvious resemblance to an Adidas or Nike tracksuit (and not a Stella McCartney one).

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It's a bit hard to make out, but these above Nike running pants have that same white stripe down the side.  Michael Kors did mention a "nod to sports wear," but this is like the Tony Soprano special.

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No, seriously, this above tracksuit was worn on The Sopranos and is being auctioned off at Christie's. Um, is it just me or is there a resemblance?  Like, I was wearing a baggier version of these pants on my couch, while I vegged and watched the show and drank Sleepy Time tea.  (I've gotten wild in my old age).

You all were probably wearing them while you watched The Grammys.

xo – N.



By Nora Zelevansky / April 2nd, 2009

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Hallelujah!  The waiting is finally over (and before we all forgot Tim Gunn's charm and Heidi's quips): WWD reports that Project Runway's lawsuit is officially resolved.  The show has moved to Lifetime, which suggests that either Lifetime is about to get cooler or Project Runway is about to get much lamer. Not that I can really think of what BRAVO was known for before all this Top Chef and P.R. action happened.

On the bright side, now you can watch those beloved Made-For-TV-Movies starring Judith Light, Tori Spelling and Delta Burke and claim you're just waiting for P.R. to start.

Make it work.

xo – N.


By Nora Zelevansky / March 9th, 2009


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So, according to Bravo TV's blog "The Dish," Top Chef's new incarnation will be Top Chef Masters sans Padma, Tom and Gail.  Basically, instead of up-and-coming chefs, 24 established masters will be competing against each other in two Top Chef-esque challenges and all the resulting prize money will go to a charity of the winning chef's choice.  Rumor has it that some of the past guest judges will be contestants . . . karma, much? Although the whispers I've heard are about chefs like Wylie Dufresne and Michelle Bernstein, who were both always pretty kind from behind judges table.

Hmm . . . I'm on the fence about this.  The concept could be fun, I guess, but it definitely doesn't replace our old standard.  Pun not intended (I sweeear), but I feel like masters just aren't as hungry as burgeoning talents.  Also, if I was an established chef, I'd be afraid of choking and looking terrible on national TV.  But I guess I'd be a chef of less character then.  Hmm.

Doesn't this sound a lot like The Next Iron Chef?  Did they create this because Project Runway is moving to Lifetime?  Is this new show going to postpone the next real Top Chef season?  Maybe I'm just resistant to change?  How many questions can I pose?

Your thoughts, sil vous plait!

xo – N.