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28 September 2016


I'm so with you on all these supposedly funny and empowered women who are not funny or seemingly exercising their power (bad and/or random sex does not equal empowerment).

Of the lot, I could only stomach Mindy Kaling's book. And just the one (I tired her follow-up, and it was poor).

Take heart, Citizen Reader, and wander back to the 'depressing' book section.

Oh Drew,
Thank goodness I'm not the only one. thank you.
How disappointing about Kaling's second...I was actually thinking of checking that out.
Back to depressing books! Yay!

The only one I've read is Bossypants and was underwhelmed by it. I think I liked the chapter about her dad. The only other one that I may read someday is Mindy Kaling's book.

I was going to look through my list of nonfiction that I've read to see if I had any light reads I could recommend, but yeah, I'm not reading many "happy" nonfiction books, though some are less dire than others.

Well, Christy,
I'll take any "less dire" suggestions you might have. I'm a bit low on ideas, currently.
Yeah, "underwhelming" is a good word. Actually, I liked the chapter on her Dad okay too, but the best line in that came from Colin Quinn (after he met her dad), not Tina: something like "Don Fey doesn't mess around. You wouldn't come home with a shamrock tattoo in that house." That's funny.

Heh, this is why I don't read a lot of comedy memoirs. I know a lot of people love them and I support everyone's reading choices but "good for them, not for me" (that's an Amy Poehler thing, right?) has been my attitude towards celebrity memoirs in general, even (supposedly) funny ones.

I just finished up Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad and will now be toddling off to read some romance novels or something a bit less dire, as a palate-cleanser.

Actually, I have surprisingly good luck reading celebrity memoirs. I'm still a bit surprised that one of my favorite reads this year was Burt Reynolds's memoir...who knew! And I've read male memoirs that didn't depress the crap out of me--Jim Gaffigan and Drew Magary come to mind. It was just what seemed like a relentless focus in these books on coming to terms with what men wanted from these women that annoyed me. I think I liked the Kaling because she gave the topic a few short chapters, most of which were funny, and then moved right along to work, and, you know, ALL THE OTHER PARTS OF LIFE THERE ARE.
Gosh, I keep seeing stuff about The Underground Railroad. I really should read that. But I just don't have the energy for challenging fiction lately...

I had pretty much the same reactions to each of these. Especially Dunham's book, which I found boring. Memoir writers get thrown a lot of shade for being "self-involved," but I'm usually pretty tolerant of them because, you know, I chose to read their memoir. But Dunham seems like the kind of person who either got way too much or way too little attention as a child and now thinks everything she has to say is very important. I find her utterly annoying.

Well, yes, I can't say that Dunham's book was real exciting (at least it wasn't in the parts that were horrifying). Immediately after I'd read it I found I could barely remember it--only that my overall impression of youth these days is that it's not much fun. Which is a shame. She shows up in my RSS feed almost as often as Neil Gaiman does, which is also utterly annoying. Oversaturation!

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