Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Sunday Book Review, May 29, 2011: Bossypants

"Bossypants," by Tina Fey
Dear Readers,

Madame L has been reading the funniest book, and hopes you'll enjoy it as much as she does. The usually admittedly long-winded Madame L doesn't think her usually long-winded prose style will do the book justice or make anyone want to read it, so she is listing, instead...

Some of Madame L's favorite bits:
---Things Tina learned from Lorne Michaels (SNL producer), including: "Producing is about discouraging creativity" and "The show doesn't go on because it's ready; it goes on because it's 11:30."

---What Tina tells young women who ask for career advice: "People are going to try to trick you. To make you feel that you are in competition with one another. 'You're up for a promotion. If they go with a woman, it'll be between you and Barbara.' Don't be fooled. You're not in competition with other women. You're in competition with everyone."

---"The Mother's Prayer for Its Daughter," which includes the line "Lead her away from Acting but not all the way to Finance...."

---Why she didn't get the job waiting tables, and likewise the job as night box office manager of a small theater company

---The power pyramid at the YMCA, where she did get a job after she didn't get those other ones...and which is so reminiscent of the power pyramid everywhere I've ever worked and I suspect where everyone I've ever known has ever worked

---The actual difference between male and female comedy writers (not for the faint of heart)

---Her honeymoon ("or A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again Either")

---Her Bossypants Managerial Techniques (because she doesn't want to get punched in the face over a joke---or even screamed at)

---How we can find out if Tracy Morgan is as wild and crazy as his character

Too many to recount. Buy the book. Check it out from the library. Or borrow it from Madame L. And proceed to laugh  your bossypants off!

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