Tina Fey on comedy, family, society, and everything in between.
Let me just start by saying, yes, I am incredibly--perhaps even comically--late to the Tina Fey memoir party. BUT, allow me to justify with the popular cliche, "everything happens for a reason". In this case, the reason is simply that I am as impatient as a cabbie in traffic when it comes to reading my Kindle in the sun and Bossypants (Reagan Arthur Books / Little. Brown and Company, 2011) happens to be one of the two English books in my Italian host family's home. Thankfully, I never read it when it came out 5 years ago. And so, from the organization of these happy events, the reading saga began.
As for Tina... hilarious, as expected. Her memoir effectively spotlights the sarcastic, over the top humor so laboriously cultivated throughout her career in comedy. At no point was I bored of reading about her children or unimpressed by champagne problems (both of which I experienced while reading Fey's good friend Amy Poehler's memoir, Yes, Please). The author did a great job of touching on important issues (like female perception in comedy) without succumbing to the "PC-ness" some fall prey to when publishing their words for all to see. If you're from Chicago (as I am), you may also be delighted (as I was) to discover that your local Planned Parenthood was once shared by Tina Fey. (Consider this both a warning for the content of the book and a strange example of fan-girling.)
If I am (against all odds) not the last person on Earth to have read Fey's memoir, I highly recommend it. If you're looking for something light and quick or if you have a hot date with a hot beach sometime soon, go get it. It's probably going for four cents on Amazon by now, anyway.
Look forward to her amazing parenthesis, in which she utilizes comedic negation to its ultimate potential.
"The YMCA there was a great mix of high-end yuppie fitness facility, a wonderful community resource for families, and an old-school residence for disenfranchised men. It may also have been the epicenter of all human grimness." (Dunham, 63)
"To me, YES,AND means don't be afraid to contribute. It's your responsibility to contribute. Always make sure you're adding something to the discussion. Your initiations are worthwhile." (Dunham, 77)
invective // irate // blithe
Publisher: Reagan Arthur / Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: January 2013