The MOBC Is Now In Session Over!

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For our first Bossypants assignment, we were to have read the first "half" of the book (remember, we admitted we had issues with math, and adding in the intro and all that gets so confusing). Simply put, the plan was to read right on up to "A Childhood Dream, Realized."

So, did ya? You like it? You laugh? What gives?

Oh, right. You might be new around here. That's cool. It's totally understandable.

Just head on down there to the comments below and if you wanna FIRST that's fine, but if you want to pose a question or make a statement on the book, well even better. All of us book-reading yahoos will actually discuss the book right here with you.

So go on. Get to typing. We'll comment in as close to real time as is Disqus-ly possible.

And unless we get some sort of protest as we proceed, lets go ahead and finish this -- Tina Fey's first book -- for the next meeting on October 14.


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Sophia
Sophia

OK, so now that I've read (listened to) part of Bossypants, I have to concur with Merritt that you guys (and I do mean guys) are awesome. It makes me really, really happy that you're hanging with this.

Sophia
Sophia

Tina Fey's humor crosses the gender lines. What about it works like that, I wonder. 

Sophia
Sophia

This is kinda crass, I know, but here is a research-oriented blog post I wrote recently about gender and humor. Andrea Grimes in there, too. Also the New Yorker cartoon caption contest. Forgive the shameless self promotion but I can't resist tossing this out here, since we're on the subject. http://blogs.psychcentral.com/...

Merritt Martin
Merritt Martin

Also, just to be clear, I don't feel that the first half is too "woman-centric" at all. I was just asking that. But it seems to me that all of you are really comfortable tackling this book and I'm wondering if that's typical or if I just know awesome people?

Sophia
Sophia

I haven't started reading yet but I hope to catch up for the next club and your discussion is making it even more tantalizing.

System_Error
System_Error

Hey, I want to play along!  I've read this, too.  I thought the piece on how the Sarah Palin sketches came together was really illuminating.  Towards the end, there's some really "tacked on" chapters, but the behind the scenes stuff at SNL and at 30 Rock made this book worth reading.  Esp. as a dude.

David Wilson
David Wilson

Slightly off-topic, but has anyone not finished the book?

Also, if Anna doesn't show up in here, there will be words.

Merritt Martin
Merritt Martin

The description of his fashion sense is incredible. And the observations of the dudes at the airport -- brilliant.

Merritt Martin
Merritt Martin

Yeah, she pretty much jumped right into that being her judgment of character.

Does that mean she wouldn't trust you, DW? Hmmm....

David Wilson
David Wilson

So, I have to say that it was a little off-putting reading this as a guy. Definitely geared towards the ladies. Having said that, Fey acknowledges this in the book a couple of times and it's a great read.

The only review I read about the book mentioned that the only reference to her scar was to say that she wasn't going to talk about it, so I was pleasantly surprised to see it mentioned a number of times in a number of chapters.

Merritt Martin
Merritt Martin

Anyone else ever had their dad leave them at the hardware store?

Merritt Martin
Merritt Martin

I really think it's the touring improv experience.

Merritt Martin
Merritt Martin

Also, it's also alarming that I should be so excited about this, which isn't far from points Fey makes in the book.

JesseHughey
JesseHughey

No, you're right. We're awesome. But we're reading Bukowski or Hemingway next, right?

Merritt Martin
Merritt Martin

Welcome!

We've "technically" only read half the book, but it appears that all of us here have read further. I haven't finished it just yet, but will for the next meeting on October 14.

So in comparison, did you like the first half? Too woman-centric? Universal enough?

JesseHughey
JesseHughey

Yeah, that part is really interesting. Is that in the second half or the part we're talking today? I forgot to bring the book with me today.

Merritt Martin
Merritt Martin

 Anna and Leslie are in NYC today -- LAME-Os!!!!!!

Merritt Martin
Merritt Martin

 I haven't finished. I almost did, but then I stopped myself so there would be a nice bit of procrastination to look forward to.

JesseHughey
JesseHughey

Yeah, the whole "I refuse to talk about my scar... Oh, and blah blah blah my scar, blah blah blah, my scar..." seemed kind of disingenuous. Personally, I know how it happened and am not particularly curious about the scar itself. The only thing I want to know is more about who did it. She never mentions (or hasn't yet 3/4 of the way through the book) whether the person who did it was caught, if it was a serial attacker or part of a one-day spree or what. It makes me wonder if it was someone who went on to some notoriety and she doesn't want to be part of that.

David Wilson
David Wilson

She probably wouldn't have before I read the book.

Merritt Martin
Merritt Martin

It is geared toward us lady-folk, but I like that you both are still reading it. After all, I've read a shit ton of memoirs by dudes. Respect, to you, good sirs.

I suppose it could be off-putting to read about make-up, for sure. I feel the same way about books about sport fishing. It's just not my thing. But, the family stuff, for sure, is funny. And there's more to come about pop culture that I find really interesting.

I think it's getting past the growing up stuff. At that point in life, most people are so self-focused it's hard not to write about stuff that is fairly limited in viewpoint.

JesseHughey
JesseHughey

I agree about being geared toward the ladies. There were times it felt like I was overhearing a conversation between funny women with jokes I just didn't get. Particularly the whole chapter about makeup or whatever. My eyes were glazing over and I ended up just skimming it. But the family stuff I really enjoyed. She painted a great picture of her father, who seemed like a cool dude.

Nick R.
Nick R.

I'm STLL at the hardware store. 

JesseHughey
JesseHughey

No, but I've been scared I'd do that to my own spawn. Hasn't happened yet, though I've come close with starting to pull away in the car and realizing the headcount in the car is off. That was funny.

Merritt Martin
Merritt Martin

Just don't take any of us up on Old Rag Mountain and talk about girls.

Merritt Martin
Merritt Martin

Don't make me come into your office.

I would totally be willing to read those authors, but can I please veto this one book I read in high school? Just one?

System_Error
System_Error

I did think the "drama summercamp" chapter was funny.  That was in the first half, right?  I think I read this over one weekend, quick read... 

System_Error
System_Error

I think as a guy if you like Tina Fey's brand of humor, you know that some of the jokes might be over males' heads (though their legs better metaphor?).  So I think I knew what to expect, so it wasn't too woman-centric for me.

JesseHughey
JesseHughey

Well, some of the "woman-centric" stuff was illuminating. I liked reading her views on being a female boss, which seems to be one of the themes, if not the main theme, of the book.

System_Error
System_Error

Refresh the page in the browser, that might take care of that.

David Wilson
David Wilson

Yes - the description of her dad was touching.

Merritt Martin
Merritt Martin

Her crush on that one guy was PAINFUL to read. 

JesseHughey
JesseHughey

I think it was. That was a great description of the awkward teenager years. It made me wish I'd hung out with people like that in high school too.

Merritt Martin
Merritt Martin

I read most of it in one weekend as well. Best road trip audio book ever, btw. 

JesseHughey
JesseHughey

Also, I'll admit it's making me confront some of my own prejudices about female comics.  I'd never say flat-out "chicks aren't funny" or anything so black-and-white, but most of the comedians who really appeal to me are males. Even though there are quite a few lady comics who crack me up. But I also kind of feel like less of a heel now after reading how she kind of broke down how males and females approach comedy differently in "peeing in jars with boys." Which may have been ahead of where we read to for today.

JesseHughey
JesseHughey

I wish Mikal were able to join in. She started reading it last night and I could hear her laughing out loud every few minutes.

Merritt Martin
Merritt Martin

I gotta say, it's kinda awesome I'm having this discussion with three guys.

Merritt Martin
Merritt Martin

Agreed on that too. I've been itching to do it now.

JesseHughey
JesseHughey

Her description of improv groups made me really want to be part of one. It sounded like a lot of fun. The "yes, and" rule made a lot of sense. I think you could apply that to other areas in life than comedy.

Merritt Martin
Merritt Martin

Absolutely. Also I like the idea of her POV going from child to mom and being the boss of her own world (not always so confidently) all the way through.

Merritt Martin
Merritt Martin

I was, but ye ol' Disqus was irate. Looks good now!

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