I realize I’m just about the last person in the world to read this, but I have to tell you about what I just finished.
Tina Fey’s Bossypants.
You must go read it, right now, immediately. Or go get the audiobook and have Tina Fey read it to you. Think about it. What’s better than a book written by a talented fun smart person like Tina Fey? Her, reading it to you, with all her inflections and voices and emphases perfectly as she intended them.
They even included the audio from her best Sarah Palin sketch on SNL. (There’s a whole chapter devoted to the Sarah Palin phase of her life. Oprah is involved.)
One thing I liked about it was that she comes across very down to earth. She talks about her job and her daughter and her parents and her boss and her childhood in a way that doesn’t make her life seem overly glamorous nor overly out of control. She talks about 16 hour workdays and changing poopy diapers with the same level of intensity. She owns up to crying at work without making it a big deal, because we have all be there. Even when she dives into the life questions she’s trying to answer at the time she wrote the book (to have another kid? to do more in the movie industry?), she’s as levelheaded as a person can be while discussing their own existential crisis.
Tina Fey seems like the kind of friend I want to go to when I’m freaking out about something. She’d put it in perspective for me in a sarcastic way that feels mean but also makes me laugh, and then we’d have a beer and I’d listen to her tell ridiculous stories about her cowriters on SNL.
It also made me want to go back and watch 30 Rock all over again. Her description of it not being that popular of a show has made me realize the nerdiness/indie-ness of my friends, because most of the people I know loved it.
I don’t have anything profound or eloquent to say about this book, other than that you should read it. It’s a great mood-lifter book, so if you need a pick-me-up, try this.
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