Tuesday, December 02, 2008

So You Wanna Be a 'Net Superstar

Just a quick bit of shameless promotion -- self and otherwise:

Starting today you can pick up the Huffington Post's new book, The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging, at your local bookstore or online.

Put together by the editors at HuffPost, the guide basically covers everything you ever wanted to know about blogging, and blogging well, but were afraid to ask -- or at the very least, weren't sure where to direct your questions. It includes writing tips and actual blog posts from the likes of Bill Maher, Harry Shearer, Alec Baldwin, and Larry David.

Not only was I involved in the early planning stages of the book, my piece detailing being fired by CNN is featured in its "Best of the Huffington Post" chapter.

Needless to say, it makes a fine holiday gift -- as does a copy of my own book, Dead Star Twilight, which is available for download by clicking the link to the right.

Happy reading -- and blogging.

Amazon: Order The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging

The Huffington Post: "Say What You Will (Requiem for a TV News Career)" by Chez Pazienza/2.18.08

Dead Star Twilight Excerpts:

Ship of Fools/2.22.08

Welcome to the Monkey House/6.4.07

The Ex Files/6.7.07

Imperfect Strangers/8.30.07

With Love and Resentment, Your Past/9.5.07

Listening Post: Memoir Edition/1.27.08

DST Soundtrack/4.7.08


Anonymous said...


I assume you know by now that some of your overlords at CNN had been reading and enjoying your blog for months. It was your Monday morning anti-O screed that sealed your fate.

An intern tasked with scanning blogs for "actionable content" read the entry shortly after you posted it and dutifully reported it. The entry and your rapidly-derived biographical info were forwarded to two PR cops with offices on North Carpenter Street, who by noon were having an animated conference call with someone with a pretty good view of Central Park.

Unfortunately for you, that evening a clueless acolyte informed Her Holiness that an apology had been received from one of your overlords. Oops! That was the first HH had heard of your tirade, as she's insulated three-deep from that part of her PR machine for everyone's benefit. According to the acolyte (still employed, fortunately), HH had him forward the apology--and the DXM link--to her.

By the next morning HH wanted your head on a stick. Confirmation of the bloody human sacrifice that followed arrived from your overlords that afternoon and from you the next day.

If it's any consolation, the fact that the entry was never removed still irks HH to this day.

Sorry it happened, Chez, but I hope someday you can look back on the whole experience as a fierce, funny, disturbing, but ultimately uplifting one.

[NOTE: The prepended comment is for entertainment purposes only. Any similarity to celebrities, news organizations or cult figures living or dead is purely coincidental and definitely not actionable.]

Chez said...

Interesting, if somewhat outlandish, theory.

I actually heard it was the Defense of David Shuster column in HuffPost that did it.

Then again, who the hell knows -- or cares for that matter?

Anonymous said...

"Needless to say, it makes a fine holiday gift"

Thanks Chez!! Now I know what to get Klein for Xmas. It'll look great stuffed in his stocking, right next to his Anderson Cooper vibrator.

A Bowl Of Stupid said...

I know you've got a beautiful new kid and all, but JEEZ kid, what ever happened to subtlety?

Chez said...

Hey pal, not all of us are living off a trust fund or whatever tricking-for-cash you're doing in the bus stations of Malaysia to be able to afford a life of surfing and smoking pot.