Monday, February 19, 2018

Girl Logic by Iliza Shlesinger ***

If you are a single female between in your 20s or 30s Girl Logic by Iliza Shlesinger might be a book for you, but as a retired male, I’d don’t presume to know. I had to look up “snoochy” which is apparently a derogatory term for a single woman in her 30s. As my generation said: if the shoe fits…
“[Girl Logic] is a characteristically female way thinking that appears to be contradictory and circuitous but is actually a complicated and highly evolved way of considering every choice and its repercussions before we make a move forward toward what we want.” 
Girl Logic might also be shorthand for overthinking.

“This book is not written as an autobiography.” Mostly, I imagine the book is drawn from Shlesinger’s stand-up routines. However, for the last few chapters, she moved into autobiography/memoir territory, especially where she recounted her strategy to win Last Comic Standing (2008) and her recent career moves.

One of her comic choices has been to be nice to everyone. She is no Don Rickles (younger readers might want to look him up). Every time she makes a joke that might be offensive to some group, she immediately follows it up with a confession that the joke includes her also.

Her strategy on Last Comic Standing had everything to do with being nice. She realized that the producers would edit whatever she said to start a fight between the contestants. She foiled them by never mentioning any other contestants, positively, negatively, or anything. As long as she didn’t mention anyone else, the producers didn’t have anything to edit into an attack. This worked, she avoided reality-show drama and won. The audience (her audience) was drawn to this, even though the other (male) contestants still resented her.

If you are a fan of Iliza Shlesinger, this book will give you more of what you love. If you're interested in feminist advice for 21st-century women, you can start at chapter 9. Otherwise, there are a lot of other books on offer.

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