Sunday, September 30, 2012

Bossypants: As long as we can play possum together

My thoughts on Bossypants: Celebrities! They're just like us! Basically.

The book has some giggles and a few Alec Baldwin anecdotes (although not nearly enough), and I HIGHLY enjoyed the chapter on magazine photo shoots. Mainly, I appreciated learning all the ways this smart, beautiful, successful woman is frequently an insecure train wreck.
"(My ability to turn good news into anxiety is rivaled only by my ability to turn anxiety into chin acne.)" (p. 170)
"'Blorft' is an adjective I just made up that means 'Completely overwhelmed but proceeding as if everything is fine and reacting to stress with the torpor of a possum.' I have been blorft every day for the past seven years." (p. 173)

Possums: Generally lacking in torpor

I myself spent a lot of time in the middle-school bathroom adjusting the bobby pins in my Princess Leia buns and wiping that one mean boy's saliva off my violin case, and I was constantly looking forward to the time when I would be a grown-up lady with the confidence born of kicking ass at life. But I'm turning 27 next month, and I still haven't transformed into a lady, grown-up or otherwise. And it's becoming more and more clear with every passing year that I will never transcend the human condition (i.e., being painfully awkward as a general rule). But if Tina EFFING Fey still doubts herself, then maybe I can be content with my self-doubt? And possibly even do something awesome with my life? Yeah. That.

SOURCE: Fey, Tina. (2011). Bossypants. New York: Little, Brown.


  1. I looooved this book, and I loooved the audio version even more. So yeah- people can still be awesome and totally awkward, and I'm fairly sure that all the best people are totally awkward, yet loveable *tells self awkwardness is loveable, feels ok* :)

  2. I listened to the audio version of this, which on the downside meant that I missed out on all of the helpful visual supplements such as photos, etc, but on the upside meant that I got to listen to Tina Fey in the car read the book as if she were talking to ME personally, so all in all, good times.

  3. Just look at that torporless possum.

    Oh Tina Fey, I heart her so. And her awkwardness. And her kicking ass. But you know, doing it awkwardly.


  4. ...Princess Leia buns?

  5. I'm so glad you read this finally!

  6. Um...yes. That was my preferred hairstyle for...perhaps most of middle school. Oddly, the other kids didn't think it was as awesome as I did. Because they were LAME.

  7. Cross-eyed possums have the LEAST torpor out of all the possums.

  8. I felt like I was missing out by not listening to the audio version, but I didn't even think about the lack of pictures of Tina Fey in '80s attire. Maybe the only solution is to listen to the audio book WHILE reading. Story time with Tina Fey.

  9. Have you ever talked to a computer programmer? Awkward people rule the world. Thank goodness.