Thursday, April 7, 2011

I was thinking of writing a memoir, but I've already forgotten everything

I've been reading Tina Fey's memoir, Bossypants, which I find funny stinkin' hilarious, but also uncomfortably familiar in the parts about her awkward childhood. It may come as a surprise to people who know me now*, but I was actually a bit of a geek growing up:

I'd thought I'd forgotten that painful period of my life, but here comes Tina to remind me. It has all come flooding back. I'm going to have to go into therapy to forget this all over again:

The book makes me squirm a lot less when we get to the part about her professional life as a comedy writer. I am not going to give any of it away, though, since I don't want to steal any of her punch lines. All I will say, besides the fact that it is stinkin' hilarious an absolute laff riot, is that it actually has some helpful tips on life, particularly when she talks about what she's learned from Lorne Michaels about being the boss of people, and the proper attitude to take when someone says they don't think you can/should do something because you are female. The book is worth reading for this alone. It's worth reading for the funny bits, too, but I actually feel like I got the price of admission back when I got to those chapters.

Warning for the faint of heart: Fey occasionally uses the sort of language I employ while trying to install a kitchen sink. Also, some of her opinions may rankle you. But you know what? They're her opinions; she's entitled to them.

Before I leave this impromptu book review I am going to give away one teensy part, since I woke up thinking about this bit when she is talking about getting a celebrity photo shoot done. Besides the free coffee bar, the fancy location that is nicer, more glamorous, and swishier than "[wherever it was] you had your wedding," and the people fussing over your hair and face in a manner that is more soothing than eating anything with green chiles and lots of cheese, there is this:

"While this is going on, someone gives you a manicure and a pedicure. At really fancy shoots, a celebrity fecalist will study your bowel movements and adjust your humours."

My own humours have been out of sorts all week, though I'm not sure why. All I know is that I've been feeling wretchedly grumpy and blue, and try as I might, I couldn't seem to shake it. Yesterday, though, one of my classes and I worked on a little service project out at Lubbock Lake Landmark. We were clearing kochia, a non-native and very invasive plant, from an arroyo bank in preparation for re-seeding it with native grasses and wildflowers:

It was hot, dirty, and windy work, and so afterwards, we went to Holly Hop Ice Cream Shoppe to settle the dust:

Though I wouldn't have called any part of it as glamorous as a photo shoot, I think there must have been a celebrity fecalist around somewhere during all this, because when I woke up this morning, I found that my humours had been fully adjusted.

*And yes, this is irony. Or self-delusion. Take your pick.


  1. My wife accuess me of having a conveient memory. I not sure what she means what were we talking about.

  2. sounds like my kind of book...I have been feeding the negatives myself is life and we eventually snap out of cream sure can help :)

  3. David--I have that kind of memory, too.

    Donna--I enjoyed the book; it certainly made me laugh out loud in a few places.

  4. Hey, you were a cute kid. Can I say that and not sound creepy in any way whatsoever? Too late. Too late.

  5. Benjamin, I didn't take it in a creepy way at all. Thanks for the compliment.

    I was truly a geek, though.

  6. I agree with Benjamin. Geeky? Hey, your hands are full of ice! (Was that hail? You Texans have to be bigger and better than everyone else in every category, don't you?)

    I've been reading Fey's autobiographical pieces in the New Yorker, and everything you said about the book is true of these. (Maybe they're excerpts. If I paid more attention, I'd know.)

    Glad you ice-creamed your way out of the dumps.

  7. Ah Susan, you make me laugh. I hope you don't mind that I laughed out loud when I saw you in that costume. :-) I've been hearing good things about that book. Looks like a trip to the iTunes store is in order.

  8. I found myself drawn in to your blog writing as soon as I saw the caption. I enjoyed reading what you have to say and will look forward to following your posts!

  9. "Geek" is just another word for "extraordinarily interested in life's more arcane and fascinating pursuits." Glad humor helped you get your humours done. My honey's got me watching 30 Rock, and it does move things around in fun, unexpected ways.

  10. Yo! You crack me up, my friend. The title of this post reminds me of a StoryPeople print I have in my kitchen. "I'd probably have more trouble with the ghosts of the past, she said, if my memory wasn't shot to hell."

  11. I read this and felt sorry for you--always humorous and light hearted---you had a blue week--I'm so sorry--big hugs and glad you are better.

  12. hey there, if you really liked reading bossypants, you'll love listening to it on audible, as tina narrates it herself. amy poehler and kristen wiig even have voiceovers in it. hilarious! so when you get around to writing your memoir, make sure you record a reading of it... priceless.

  13. Great write-up! Writing is a talent, and it must not be wasted. As with everything that we had been entrusted, we should let it grow and share it with the world.>self directed education


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