God, I love this book –even though the cover still really creeps me out. I have read it before — 2013, it looks like — but haven’t listened to the audio version. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE AUDIO VERSION. If the written copy deserves 5 stars, the audio (read by the author, of course) should get 6! 7! Give Tina all the stars!
“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.”
Tina covers a lot of ground here — her childhood, her first tentative steps into show business, her time at SNL (and her return during the McCain/Palin campaign), her work at 30 Rock. She gives advice about being a woman, being a mother, being a boss. It’s all honest and heartfelt and hilarious.
“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.”
My favorite chapter this go-round was the chapter about Don Fey. Tina tells us that in order to raise an “obedient, achievement-oriented, drug-free adult virgin”, you need a strong father figure — and the fear his instills. And then she goes on to tell us about him. I managed to restrain myself from copying the whole chapter, but here are some of my favs:
Don Fey dresses well. He has an artist’s eye for mixing colors and prints. He wears tweedy jackets over sweater vests in the winter and seersucker suits in the summer. His garnet college ring shows off his well-groomed hands. He can still rock a hat.
If you told Don Fey that you never go to Burger King, only McDonald’s because you ‘grew up with the Hamburglar,’ he would look at you like you were a moron.
Only Colin Quinn was direct about it. “Your father doesn’t fucking play games. You would never come home with a shamrock tattoo in that house.” That’s Don Fey.