Saturday, October 22, 2011

Tina Fey and Buddhism

MY two recent reads have been as follows: Bossypants by Tina Fey and The Basic Method of Meditation (A small book-let from the Chuang Yen Monastery.

I've decided that the Meditation book is best left for my Soul Searcher blog ( and will be appearing there in a post very soon because this reading was not so much about the reading as much as it was about discovering the world of meditation and contemplating what the monk in the book had to say. So be sure to check out why this book had now joined my favorites list! :)

On to Tina Fey!! Where to begin I wonder? Let's start with FUNNY. This book of hers, as well as Tina Fey, are immensely FUNNY. Now, I have never watched 30 Rock nor Saturday Night Live (Yes, I live in a cave). All I have seen of Tina Fey are a couple of movies - Mean Girls and Date Night to be specific. However, this book of hers has single-handedly allowed me to form a very strange opinion of her (not bad, just strange)in which the first impression was "FUNNY!!!!" This book of hers, Bossypants, is laugh out loud hilarious. There are no "she's trying too hard" jokes or any forced comedy - it's just plain and honest and makes you smile, nod your head in agreement, and even chuckle sporadically through.

My favorite part of the book and my strongest emotion towards the strange opinion of Tina Fey? She is one heck of an honest woman! I LOVE that! There are so few people out there that have the spine and the guts to lay it out the way it is for all the world to see/read. I'm sure most of us out there will agree with a lot of what Tina Fey has to say about women, girls, self-esteem issues, "mean girls", etc. but not a whole lot of us will have the honesty to repeat it and stand by the wrongs of society. And Tina Fey really strikes a balance - a comedian by profession, a wife and a mother, and still honest about the issues that really seem to effect hers and most women's lives.

At the surface of it I really enjoyed the read because it gave me a behind the scenes look at Saturday night live and 30 Rock - two shows that I now want to watch. I did end up watching the SNL 2008 campaign episode on netflix and it really is everything the book says it was. Except now you know what they were really trying to do and so the show makes sense! :)

If you feel like giggling and reading an honest memoir about someone who is really an average (which is awesome) woman, take a shot with this book.. you might enjoy it and learn some stuff too!