Bossypants by Tina Fey


"Bossypants" is Tina Fey, the first female head writer at Saturday Night Live and producer and head writer for 30 Rock where 200 people depended on her for their jobs. The name may also describe her managementtechnique.

She presents herself as a funny half Greek girl, nerdy, self-confident, and clearly having an amazing sense of timing, but also implying that she is still who she has always been.

Her stories present a clear view of double standards that women are held to in her world saying that some people finding her impersonation of Sarah Palin as "ungracious" was, to her mind, the perfect example of that. She adds: “Palin is not fragile and she, Fey, is not mean.”

A life lesson she says she learned from improv comedy:  "Always agree"; "Make Statements"; "There are no mistakes only opportunities".

She has never been afraid to make comedy out of female vulnerability. The audience loves it but it is likely not just funny but a clear message.

The book is not a memoir, but it does tell us a lot about her life experiences and what brought her to her current success.  A memorable comment about when she interviewed for “Saturday Night Live” was “Only in comedy does and obedient white girl from the suburbs count as diversity.’

“Bossypaints” will be for many a book they will read in one setting.

Quotes by Tina Fey

“Some people say, “Never let them see you cry.” I say, if you’re so mad you could just cry, then cry. It terrifies everyone.”

 “Do your thing and don't care if they like it.” 

“It is an impressively arrogant move to conclude that just because you don’t like something, it is empirically not good. I don’t like Chinese food, but I don’t write articles trying to prove it doesn’t exist.”

"My ability to turn good news into anxiety is rivaled only by my ability to turn anxiety into chin acne.” 

“To say I’m an overrated troll, when you have never even seen me guard a bridge, is patently unfair.” 

“Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles.”

“If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares?” 

“Don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you’re the boss. Or they won’t. Who cares? Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.”