Friday, January 15, 2010

Ham on Wry


Well this is actually really cool.

Alert Reader Jillian just sent me an interesting little tidbit that I have to pass along because I'm insecure and crave validation, which I get via shameless ploys for attention from strangers. As it turns out, best-selling author Andrew Morton, who wrote the hugely popular and highly controversial Diana: Her True Story, referenced me by name in the equally popular biography of Tom Cruise that he wrote two years ago and updated last year.

What he mentioned was the piece I wrote for the Huffington Post in January of 2008 on Anonymous's war on Scientology.

Here's the quote from page 336 of Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography.

"As writer Chez Pazienza wryly observed, 'It's kind of satisfying to watch someone turn the tables on Scientology, using the same brand of furtive cloak and dagger absurdity to publicly shame an adversary that the church has used for decades."

Hear that? I'm wry.

Somewhere out there, M. Emmet Walsh, armed with a high-powered rifle, has just closed his eyes and flipped through Morton's book, slammed his finger down randomly and is now saying, "Chez Pazienza. Sounds like a typical bastard."

25 comments:

Amy said...

Insecure, craving attention, AND wry. Nice!

Before long, I'm sure there'll be some story on a blog somewhere about an incensed Chez Pazienza demanding of some poor putz that's forced to deal with him, "don't you KNOW WHO I AM??"

(I don't know why that popped into my head, but it did. So share I must.)

Anonymous said...

Chez Pazienza...Die, you random son of a bitch.

Chris said...

Careful, it is Andrew Morton we're talking about here.

Chez said...

Hell, I'm so cult I've never even heard of myself.

em said...

See, there's a Panzienza nation out there. Whaddya know.

And I also now have the sudden urge to go watch that Jerry O'Connell-doing-Tom-Cruise-better-tnah-Tom-Cruise-does-Tom-Cruise video.

Alanna said...

well now all we need to do is put you in a wheelchair and you're, for certain, guaranteed a seat WD 50 on a Saturday night. With no prior reservations. for fuck's sake.

Chez said...

It's PAZienza. Get it right. Don't you know who I am?

Brian H. said...

nice "Jerk" reference...

em said...

"It's PAZienza. Get it right. Don't you know who I am?"

Love it. Slip of the finger, I swear!

Chez said...

WD 50 -- favorite restaurant in New York City. I actually never had an issue getting a table there. Wylie's dad would always come over and say hi and we even got the quick kitchen tour at one point from Wylie himself.

Most creative drinks in the city as well.

Alanna said...

Are you serious? Your FAVORITE restaurant? that's like choosing your favorite prostitute at the bunny ranch. cmon now... We tried to book reservations last year - but then again we requested around Valentine's day...I have yet to go.

Well there you go - you've thrown your clout around even though I was being fecetious. You ARE worthy of a fan club, my friend. ;)

kanye said...

Eh...big deal. You really know that you've made it when they name a sandwich after you.

(That's what's known as "hanging a curveball", folks.)

Amy said...

Hahahha.. it happened faster than I even thought it would!

CNNfan said...

Excellent Chez! It's a good feeling, right? I know you know that I know you know that getting published is doable. It just takes persistent determination and some luck. Hopefully, some of your good luck will rub off on your readers... Like me.
I can sure use it right now.

Tommorrow, it just so happens, I find out if my chapter proposal gets approved to write a chapter on A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) for a college textbook.

Otherwise, I am left with a robot of my own as a consolation prize. If not approved by the board at the university, I may try to publish its source code listing in a tech magazine article as a do-it-yourself NLP (Natural Language Processing) project.

Yes. I really am that geeked out in real life. :-) So please, please wish me luck fellow DXMers.

PsychoPoet said...

Forgive Chez,

How does the Bukowski reference fit in?

Anonymous said...

chez (v.) To make a wry observation about in the blogosphere other other new media.

Tom Cruise: "I've been chezzed!"

Anonymous said...

Did you tell Jillian "you validate me?" Or should you tell Andrew Morton?

VOTAR said...

Alanna,

You tried to book reservations at the Bunny Ranch for Valentines Day?












See what I did there?

drater said...

I'll take the first swing, Kanye. I'm not sure what's in the Chez sandwich, but it's on wry bread.

kanye said...

Note to self: Read post title before attempting smartassery.

I hate when that happens.

Chez said...

I just realized that in transcribing my own quote, I actually screwed it up and wrote "adjective" instead of "adversary" for some bizarre reason.

Intellectually stymied by my own fame I guess.

It's been corrected.

Vermillion said...

Well, since nobody else ahs said it:

HE HATES THE CANS, CHEZ! STAY AWAY FROM THE CANS!

SteveR said...

"Ham on Wry?"

There's that Cruise-Chez tryst again.

Shannon from Saskatoon said...

Enjoy it, wry boy
Celebrate, my boy

Fifth Generation Leftist said...

I's stay away from open windows for a while. Cruise does not forgive.