i am reading bossypants. it’s a fast read but i’m talking my time because i don’t want it to end.
i wish to hell i had written bossypants. i wish to hell i was the person who lived the life that resulted in writing bossypants. (I had one snippet of it in the form of a shorter version of a horrendous haircut she and I both had)
in short, i wish i were tina fey.
there are very few people i have every wished to be—a supermodel (does it really matter which one?), madam curie, steve jobs, jean bice (gotta hand it to someone who makes a fortune designing and selling ugly clothes) or mary anderson (inventor of the windshield wiper).
tina fey might possibly be the funniest person on earth. except maybe for amy poehler, who (wouldn’t you know) is friends with tina fey.
i read a review of the book before it came out and it almost stopped me from buying the book. the reviewer concentrated on how tina fey criticizes her looks and talent throughout the book, postulating that an accomplished male comedian would never do that. this reviewer has no sense of humor and no sense of irony.
in a whole lot of ways, tina just gets to the truth of it. whatever it is.
here’s my review: read bossypants. better yet, read it in public so that when you’re laughing out loud people will be afraid of you and stay away so you can go on reading.
Tina’s description of what goes on at a photo shoot should once and for all stop everyone from comparing themselves to photos.
for those of you who are familiar with the upper darby area, you’ll get a kick out of tina’s descriptions of the area and stories from her days with summer stage (which, oddly, the publisher’s lawyers made her call a fictitious name).
tucked into the hilarity of bossypants are gems that make sense for everyone:
“so my unsolicited advice to women in the workplace is this. when faced with sexism or ageism or lookism or even really aggressive buddhism, ask yourself the following question: “is this person in between me and what i want to do?” if the answer is no, ignore it and move on. your energy is better used doing your work and outpacing people that way. then, when you’re in charge, don’t hire the people who were jerky to you.
if your boss is a jerk, try to find someone above or around your boss who is not a jerk.* if you’re lucky, your workplace will have a neutral proving ground—like the rifle range or the car sales total board or the snl read-through. if so, focus on that. again, don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions. go “over! under! through!” and opinions will change organically when you’re the boss. or they won’t. who cares? do your thing and don’t care if they like it.” fey, tina (2011). bossypants (p. 146). reagan arthur books. kindle edition.