I just finished reading Tina Fey’s irreverent memoir Bossypants. The book is as wacky and off the wall as the characters she creates. Sometimes, you think you have the inside track to her world and other times it’s, “Nah, she’s just kidding”.
She has advanced self-deprecation as an art form – or perhaps elaborate defense mechanism. It often seems she’s saying the most foul and funny things about herself before anyone else can bushwhack her with them. A very pretty woman takes pains to let you know it’s all Photoshop.
Fey has made it big in a male-dominated world and is determined to make the most of her gains before her best-before date expires and that has been cruelly early for most women in the business. She says, “I’ve known older men in comedy who can barely feed and clean themselves, and they still work. The women, though, they’re all ‘crazy’.”
I would love to quote her next sentence as well, but CPL would probably shut me down if I did. You’ll just have to read the book.
Anyone struggling to handle both a family and a demanding career will relate to her angst; she wants another child but knows that the livelihood of the large crew of 30 Rock depends on her.
Fey has some great advice for women in the workplace: “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.”
She is generous with praise for the very talented people she works with and just as happy to skewer the jerks - or at least get the last word. For fans, the best thing about the book is the sense of hanging out with this really cool and funny person who feels like a friend.
My favourite line of all: “...I am a firm believer in” Intelligent Design,” and by that I mean I love IKEA!”
I’m with you Tina. Don’t you just love it when you shop there and find a solution to a problem you didn’t know you had? Though, having read the book, I can't imagine when you find time to shop. And, BTW, thanks for punting the expression back to the field where it truly belongs.
Of course, this gets me thinking about another new design book that takes a look at where the field is drifting. (Come on now, you knew I would eventually work my way back there.)
Friday’s blog: Design Futures.