Jun 30 2011

Tina Fey on turning 40

Tina Fey rocks.

In her new best-selling memoir, Bossypants, the seriously funny Tina Fey devotes an entire (one-paragraph long) chapter to “What Turning Forty Means to Me”. She writes,

I need to take my pants off as soon as I get home. I didn’t used to have to do that.

Which is, let’s face it, one of the primary reasons yoga pants were invented (see I Feel Great About My Hands, page 241).

I love Fey’s personal brand of self-deprecating, socially conscious honesty; the book made me LOL, as expected, but also offered genuine insights into managing people, balancing motherhood and work, and the ambivalence she felt about parodying Sarah Palin.

Then there was her searing analysis of why older men who can barely clothe and feed themselves still get work in comedy, but brilliant women of a similar vintage don’t… It’s a painful gem.