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February  26

Barista to Talent Magnet: Can You Give Me a Better Grade?

Gawker, of all places, is the source of this little tidbit of local news. Glen Ridge resident Jay Woodruff has been promoted to managing editor of EW.com, the mag's website.

The goal for ew.com is simple: to become as much of a draw for entertainment lovers (especially EW readers) as the magazine itself. Jay Woodruff is uniquely suited to lead the redesign and re-launch of this Website. He is a first-rate storyteller, he’s quick to respond to the news, and he gets the magazine’s quirky, opinionated take on pop culture. He’s also incredibly organized, a rigorous story editor, and a talent magnet who will no doubt draw the best writers from the magazine staff to contribute to ew.com. Jay lives in Glen Ridge, NJ, with his wife Sarah and their three kids, Joe, Sam, and Annie.

As it happens, the Barista-in-chief makes it to EW for the first time with a review of RATTLED, where she gets - ouch! - a C+. C'mon, Jay. Just half a grade, to a B-? Just on the website?

We had better luck with USA Today earlier this week, and check out today's New York Times Book Review.

Meanwhile, congrats, Jay.

February 26, 2006 in Major Dudes | Permalink



You run a great 'blog', but please enough with the book self-promotion!


Posted by: Franklin | Feb 26, 2006 10:59:53 AM

Oh lighten up Franklin. I find Debbie's brashness kind of endearing. Anyway, writing a novel, not to mention getting it published, is no mean feat, & I see no reason why she shouldn't show some pride in her work.

Posted by: crank | Feb 26, 2006 12:02:59 PM

Madam Barista rocks.

Posted by: The Iceman | Feb 26, 2006 12:24:00 PM

I second the Iceman, but also note how, in "his" generally confusing fashion, Franklin was urging Ms. Galant's novel to the top of the charts just a few days ago. Enough with the personality self-promotion, Franklin.

Posted by: cathar (8T) | Feb 26, 2006 12:53:17 PM

Perhaps Barista can periodically run a 'self-promotion' posting section for all the Barista readers and followers who have dreamed impossible dreams and have achieved amazing 'feats'!

Posted by: Franklin | Feb 26, 2006 12:53:35 PM

would u visit the Troll self promotion section?

Posted by: The Iceman(*8T*) | Feb 26, 2006 12:57:01 PM

No, but I would visit the Wizard of OZ!

Posted by: Franklin | Feb 26, 2006 1:12:57 PM

If you take a glance at the bottom of the curtain you'll see the troll feet

Posted by: silly willie | Feb 26, 2006 1:30:50 PM

ignore the hairy troll feet behind the curtain..."I am Barista the great and powerful"

Posted by: The Iceman(*8T*) | Feb 26, 2006 1:39:00 PM

"I'll get you my pretty....."

Posted by: Franklin | Feb 26, 2006 1:45:48 PM

I went to Costco today and saw a stack of Debbie's Rattled. That was impressive--and fast! Congratulations!

Posted by: zap02 | Feb 27, 2006 1:14:58 AM

"Although the book is very funny, Galant uses Rattled to comment on a number of serious issues — the competitive parenting style of many yuppies, for example, who obsessively schedule their children's activities without actually seeing the real child. And like many yuppies, Heather has a lust for tony consumer goods."

Doubt your gonna hear that from one of your "neighbor's mouths" translation C+ equals B+----

Personally, I liked it -it had a great beat and I could dance to it.

Posted by: cstarling | Feb 27, 2006 6:23:20 AM

I would invite you to use every opportunity to casually mention your new book.

Don't forget, folks, you can go to the web site and check out the book signing dates. Hey, maybe you'll get to stand in line with me?

Anyway, if you're not into lines then get one of those new Borders Rewards cards and use it to buy Rattled.

I dare you.

I double-dog dare you!

Posted by: Uncle Tonoose | Feb 27, 2006 7:05:53 AM

cstarling's comment is offensive and ridiculous, not to mention prejudiced.

Posted by: oh please | Feb 27, 2006 8:52:38 PM

oh pelease............offensive-how so--ridiculous-how so--and prejudiced-in what way---i was comparing one review to another--

My opinion is just that--- mine--I liked the book---it wasn't a social commentary on Glen Ridge just a Glen Ridger's review.....touch a nerve? sorry---

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