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— DIANE CLEHANE
Things must be looking up in the journalism biz, because Michael’s dining room was jam packed with media folks of every stripe. While CEOs and spinmeisters held court from their usual perches, writers and editors were shoehorned in all over the place. I was glad I got there early because I bumped into former Self editor-in-chief Alexandra Penney, who I had not talked to since she authored the much buzzed about book, How to Make Love to a Man. “That was another life ago,” said Alexandra. I’ll say. Last fall, I was riveted by her posts on The Daily Beast where she chronicled the emotional and financial devastation that almost consumed her when she lost everything thanks to Bernie Madoff‘s ponzi scheme.
Alexandra bravely wrote about her experiences for Tina Brown‘s site under posts dubbed ‘The Bag Lady Papers,” because, she says simply, “I needed money.” When agent Ed Victor read her deeply personal revelations he told her, “I think you might have a book here.” And indeed she did. The Bag Lady Papers is due out February 16 from Hyperion’s Voice imprint. “When something like this happens, it either galvanizes you or devastates you. I chose to be galvanized because I had to. It’s amazing what you can do when you really need to.”
I was joined today by another enterprising woman, my good friend Dr. Robi Ludwig. In addition to her thriving private practice as a psychotherapist, Robi is a frequent contributor to the Today show where she weighs in on modern relationships and the celebrity crack-up of the moment. She’s logged plenty of airtime trying to get inside Tiger Woods‘ marital meltdown, and she and Redbook‘s editor-in-chief Stacy Morrison dished with Al Roker just yesterday on what couples are fighting about most these days (If you guessed money, you’re right). When Robi is not seeing patients or lending her expert opinion on matters of the heart, she keeps busy with her “inspirational” jewelry line for QVC, Dr. Robi. After her first book, Till Death Do Us Part: Inside the Mind of A Killer Spouse (Atria), kept her busy on the talk show circuit, she is now hard at work on her second which will offer tips on how to have a happier marriage during these stressful times. Earlier this month, she also signed on as a contributor to care.com, an online community and comprehensive source for people searching for caregivers of all kinds from babysitters to eldercare workers. “I’ve always loved the idea of not pigeonholing myself,” says Robi. “There’s no reason to do just one thing if you’re passionate about a lot different things.” Obviously.
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
Thomas Pynchon Outed As Book Trailer Narrator|New Life For Vibe|Ben Stein Talks About Dismissal|Some Mags Are Doing Better In ’09|Can Restaurant Critics Remain Anonymous?
Ad Age: Just over a month after the hip hop magazine Vibe closed, there are reports that the owners of Uptown magazine have been in talks to buy and revive the title. Ad Age reporter Nat Ives said via Twitter that the buyers had confirmed his report.
Newsweek: A look at some of the magazines that managed to attract more ad pages during that first half of this year than they did during the same period in 2008.
Seattle Times: How important is anonymity to food critics today? Food critic Nancy Leson talks about the difficulty that comes with trying to remain anonymous and whether its even possible in the Internet age.
Ling Says Sister Did Enter N Korea|Austin American-Statesman No Longer For Sale|Ben Stein Out At NYT|Unions Dispute Tribune’s Bonus Requests|NBC Lays Off Local Stations’ Creative Services Teams
TVNewser: Former “View” host Lisa Ling told CNN‘s Erica Hill that her sister, Laura, admitted that she and Euna Lee did cross into North Korean territory “very, very briefly.” “And she definitely wants to divulge exactly what happened,” Ling went on. “And I think she’s going to write an editorial very, very soon.”
Reuters: Cox Enterprises has taken the Austin American-Statesman off the market. “This is a profitable company, and it just did not make sense to sell it for the prices offered,” publisher Michael Vivio said.
Broadcast Union News: The unions are protesting bankrupt Tribune Co.‘s request to pay almost $70 million in bonuses to executives. A bankruptcy court judge will hold a hearing on the matter next week.
Gawker: There are reports that NBC is laying off its creative services promotional teams at local stations around the country.
The Salt ‘N’ Pepa Show–the female rap duo will reunite on and off the stage.
America’s Most Smartest Model–a reality competition series, hosted by Mary Alice Stephenson and Ben Stein (And it’s a series! Who’d a thunkit?)
Click!–fashion photographer Russell James mentors 10 amateur photographers–all together in a downtown L.A. loft to learn the ins and outs of becoming a fashion photographer. (Just ask Giles Bensimon about that!)
Danny Bonaduce’s Child Star (tentative title)–Danny will guide talented kids and their stage parents through various challenges on how to make it in today’s Hollywood. (Do the challenges include substance abuse?)
Old Skool with Terry and Gita–series follows 77-year old former movie star Terry Moore and 72-year old former model Gita Hall as they discover various younger generation subcultures.