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December 2, 2011 12:57 pm
"This book will take you two days to read. Did you even see the cover? It’s mostly pink. If you’re reading this book every night for months, something is not right."

Part of the intro to Mindy Kaling’s book.  5 pages in and I’ve audibly laughed half a dozen times.  PSYCHED.
November 9, 2011 7:53 am
"It’s very hard to complain about someone saying you’re in Tina Fey’s immediate family. But I do think it’s a little unfair that there’s never any debate about whether there’s room for Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and Aziz Ansari. But with women, it’s like, OK, Kristen Wiig is having a moment now, we’re done, we’ll put the rest of them on the backburner. And that’s just ridiculous."

MINDY KALING, on a particularly frustrating, unfair hardship for women in the entertainment industry, in The Guardian.

(Read the full interview here.)

Mindy knows, people.  I think this is becoming a blog only about women.

October 11, 2011 8:09 am
"I know I’m only marginally qualified to be giving advice. I’m not married, I frequently use my debit card to buy things that cost less than three dollars, and my bedroom is so untidy it looks like vandals ransacked the Anthropologie sale section. I’m kind of a mess. I did, however, fulfill a childhood dream of writing, producing and acting in television and movies. Armed with that confidence, alongside a lifelong love of the sound of my own voice, I’m giving you this bit of wisdom: When you turn 30—maybe even before—a fun thing to try is dating men. It’ll be like freshly ground peanut butter, times a million."

When did Mindy Kaling become my favorite person?  And when did Glamour start printing things I might enjoy?

(Source: glamour.com)

September 26, 2011 2:27 pm
newyorker:


The Woman Who Is Obsessed with Her Career and Is No Fun at All

I  regularly work sixteen hours a day. Yet, like most people I know  who  are similarly busy, I’m a pleasant, pretty normal person. But  that’s not  how working women are depicted in movies. I’m not always  barking orders  into my hands-free phone device and yelling, “I have no  time for this!”  Often, a script calls for this uptight career woman to  “relearn” how to  seduce a man, and she has to do all sorts of crazy  degrading crap, like  eat a hot dog in a sexy way or something. And  since when does holding a  job necessitate that a woman pull her hair  back in a severe, tight bun?  Do screenwriters think that loose hair  makes it hard to concentrate.

- Mindy Kaling (Kelly Kapoor of “The Office”) on one of the many  specimens of women who exist in romantic comedies, but do not exist in  real life. Click here for the rest of Mindy’s guide to women in the movies. 

Yes yes and yes. 

newyorker:

The Woman Who Is Obsessed with Her Career and Is No Fun at All

I regularly work sixteen hours a day. Yet, like most people I know who are similarly busy, I’m a pleasant, pretty normal person. But that’s not how working women are depicted in movies. I’m not always barking orders into my hands-free phone device and yelling, “I have no time for this!” Often, a script calls for this uptight career woman to “relearn” how to seduce a man, and she has to do all sorts of crazy degrading crap, like eat a hot dog in a sexy way or something. And since when does holding a job necessitate that a woman pull her hair back in a severe, tight bun? Do screenwriters think that loose hair makes it hard to concentrate.

- Mindy Kaling (Kelly Kapoor of “The Office”) on one of the many specimens of women who exist in romantic comedies, but do not exist in real life.

Click here for the rest of Mindy’s guide to women in the movies.

Yes yes and yes.