Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
(and Other Concerns)
Mindy Kaling

Back in college I was in love with the Office. It was the only show I would still go out of my way to try and watch. I couldn't wait to see what Michael and his gang of misfit paper salesmen would get into next! The longer I watched and the more time I put into my Screenwriting classes the more I probed into not just the overall show but the writing staff as well. From this I learned that not only did Mindy Kaling play the delightfully ditsy Kelly Kapoor but was a integral part of their writing team as well!

Imagine my delight when years later, when The Office has since lost my interest,I find that Mindy Kaling has written a book! Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me is a collection of essays about Mindy's life, from her childhood as the chubby daughter of Indian immigrants, high school friendships and the comedy worlds of New York and LA. It's not Shakespeare, but it is sure funny, easy to relate to and a little inspiring.

I recommend this book if you're looking for a quick, funny read. Or were/are a fan of the Office. Or want to know what it's like to pretend to be Ben Afflect. What are you waiting for? Netflix the Office, DVR The Mindy Project and buy this book!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Diving into Tolstoy

Today is Leo Tolstoy's birthday 184 birthday! Okay, he really died at 82 and if a 182 year old man tried to talk to me I'd run for the nearest church, but that is beside the point. Since the internet was kind enough to point out Leo's birthday to me today it also brought something else to my attention -  the fact that I have never finished a Tolstoy novel!
In my world of floor length bookshelves and addiction to all things European this is practically a crime! In response my good friend Kirsten and I have decide to do a three month read-a-long of Anna Karenina in the hopes that having another person to talk with will make will make Russian high society more accessible. We start tomorrow, and with a pace that will have us finishing around Thanksgiving (and just after the Joe Wright/Keira Knightly movie comes out) I should be able to get through a few shorter books as well!

Are any of you excited for the new Anna Karenina movie or currently reading the book? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Reading!