…because even my mother has. But if you haven’t, it’s worth sacrificing one of your precious free NYTimes reads for. Look, I’ll even get you there for free: Curtis Sittenfeld on Tina Fey. You’re welcome!
For me, reading this article was kind of like Sittenfeld seeing Oprah on 30 Rock, as I’m a big fan of both Fey and Sittenfeld but had never before entertained the idea they might have some thread of a connection to each other. After all, I fell deeply in love with Fey at the age of 15, when she was merely a credit rolling at the end of my beloved SNL episodes (yes, she had a life before Weekend Update, people.) And Sittenfeld came to me later in life, in an altogether different context: she was actually the girlfriend (now wife) of a TA for one of my Communication courses, and had her first novel published during my time at the student newspaper, meaning I spent an evening sprawled on the disgusting futon in the news editors’ offices, paging through a press copy of Prep and largely ignoring my editing duties. My feelings for Sittenfeld will never near Tina Fey-levels, but I think they’re both incredibly smart and sharp and lovely writers and I’d buy anything either of them wrote without a second thought. Which is why, when my copy of Bossypants finally shows up (step it up, Barnesandnoble.com!) I plan to put it right next to American Wife on my bookshelf.