This is not an exaggeration: I’m pretty sure that every one of my girlfriends has at some point read Jezebel.com, the Gawker Media-owned blog with a tagline of “Celebrity, Sex, Fashion for Women.” The website reports on everything from airbrushing to reality TV to election news to teen novels (the Jezebel column “Fine Lines” inspired Lizzie Skurnick’s book Shelf Discovery). The tone of the site ranges from snarky to hilarious to crude (and sometimes trivial)—but never boring.
So, I couldn’t help but smile when I saw that Anna Holmes, Jezebel’s creator and founding editor, has signed a deal with Grand Central to write Jezebel.com: The Book of Jezebel. The listing in Publishers Marketplace explains that Holmes will lay out the “ethos of ‘the Jezebel’ from her take on sex, power and ambition to the people who inspire her from Harriet the Spy to Michelle Obama.”
[The Book of Jezebel] will explore the mindset and ethos of the modern “Jezebel” using essays, illustrations and other contributions from a whole host of formidable women, some of whom work for this very site. It will also be a reader-friendly affair: We’ll be workshopping the project with you throughout the writing and production process, and want to highlight the best and brightest Jezebel readers within the book. You can learn more by following the book’s brand-new Twitter account and a dedicated website to be launched soon after the New Year.
Do you read Jezebel? Will you read The Book of Jezebel?