By Nora Zelevansky / February 16th, 2009


(Amy as a Bird and Her "Jail Bird" Former Hubby by Christopher Silas Neal)

The Best Link Today:

So, some shameless pal promoting, but TRUST ME you'll thank me for livening up your day: an excerpt from my friend Amy Friedman's story, "Kept Together By The Bars Between Us" was this week's NY Times "Modern Love" piece.

Amy is also one of the authors included in the "What Was I Thinking?" anthology and reading from one of last week's posts, but this piece is for another book called "Stricken: The 5,000 Stages of Grief" and chronicles her love affair and marriage to a convicted felon (yup, for murder), while he was still behind bars.

Anyway, it doesn't get more fascinating than that and Jezebel (one of my personal favorite sites and my only consolation tone-wise when JANE folded) seems to agree, as they blogged all about it.  Amy, who is actually one of the most grounded people I know, which you'll kinda understand that as soon as you read the "Modern Love" piece, is also the world's greatest writing teacher and you can find her courses through UCLA Extension and also From Page To Stage.

Oh and her current husband, Dennis Danziger (who happens to be fabulous and free to roam the streets), just became the newest education blogger for The Huffington Post.  He's also the founder of the Mad As Hell Club, which includes rants on everything from relationships to politics to, well, style (very occasionally by me).

Not one, but two to watch, right?  Birds of a feather . . . or so it would seem.

xo – N.


By Nora Zelevansky / February 12th, 2009



(At this book party, organic-friendly Green Truck served up pretty yummy tacos, although I heard they recently got snubbed in favor of the Korean Kogi Taco Truck that's all the rage by LA Weekly's Jonathan Gold).**

So, it's self (and friend) promotion time . . . sorta.  A couple weeks ago, I attended a book party at Venice's TOMS Shoes (buy a pair and automatically give one to a child in need) Pop-Up Store on Abbot Kinney for a (mostly humorous) essay anthology called, "What Was I Thinking?"  Basically, each essay reveals a different woman's experience with the moment she knew a relationship was over.

Sound heavy?  I guess it could, but most of the stories are long past (gathering levity over time, as these things do) and also they chronicle transformative moments.

ANYWAY, although I didn't write a chapter for the book, I'll be reading a personal essay on the topic along with a bunch of the book's authors (info below).  Whether you check out the reading or not (and there are readings going on in other cities like Portland, NYC, Boston and Chicago too, I believe), the book is worth a gander.

Meanwhile, the more I think about getting up in front of people and reading, the more I wonder what was thinking . . . just another transformative moment one hopes.  Eh.

xo – N.

**For insider taco info check LA Taco, a site dedicated completely to LA taco culture.  LOVE!


Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009

Border's Books in Westwood at 2pm and 3:30pm
1360 Westwood Boulevard (Second Floor)

2:00 PM Show

1. DORIT SIMONE K.F. -  Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs
2. JUDITH DEWEY  - The Unibrow Breakup
4. MONICA REGAL  - Funny Boy
5. AMY TURNER   -  Dark Bill
7. MARY JANE MORRISON  -  Signs of Doom
8. WENDY HAMMERS  (HOST) -  Salad Bars with No Vegetables
9. RHONDA TALBOT -   Revenge Baby
10. MARY FEUER 4 Valentine's Day at the Psych Hospital
11. AMY FRIEDMAN  -    Pre - Med Fred
12. CINDY CHUPACK -   Oh, How we Love Bad Boys
13. AMY WRUBLE  -   The 40 Year Old Loser

3:30 PM Show

1. ZOE BRAVERMAN  - Gaydar
2. TINA DUPUY - And then Matt came back  
3. SARAH REINHARDT - The Politician
4. DEBORAH KAGAN - Smash up
6. MARYEDITH BURRELL  - An Affair to Forget
8. CLAUDIA HANDLER  -  Star Light, Star Bright
9. KATHERINE RUPPE  -  Open Season 
10. NORA ZELEVANSKY -  Nipples and Nightgowns