The Book Of Jezebel: O Is For O'Donnell, Rosie


As you may have heard, on October 22nd we’ll be publishing our first book, a 300-page, hardcover, illustrated encyclopedia called The Book of Jezebel. In honor of this milestone —which took many years and dozens of contributors to execute—we’ll be posting one entry from the book a day, starting with “A” and continuing on through to “Z.” Although the book itself has already been printed — it’s gorgeous — questions, additions, annotations and suggestions on the entries that appear online are welcomed and encouraged.

O’Donnell, Rosie (1962-)

so there’s this woman
she’s from long island
lost her mother way too young,
funny as hell, though
real gift for stand-up
next seinfeld maybe
she’s fat, which distracts
people from talking about her sexuality,
at least. and mental illness
and all the things no one
talks about yet
it’s the ’80s
stand-up up up
into the 90s
league of their own, beautiful girls
(the shaved beaver speech omg)
and it’s the Rosie O’Donnell Show
queen of nice. and koosh balls.
and a big fake crush on tom cruise
top of the world
then a memoir
“i’m a dyke!”
no more talk show.
new girl on the view
outs star’s weight loss surgery
mouths off, feuds with trump,
hates war
one more new talk show
new oprah?
but still
there’s always the blog
the strange, sweet poetry
of rosie dot com

(Image via Getty.)

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