Jan 022010
 

pop culture hijabi

I know I said I’d start my pop culture reading experiment off with Heidi and Spencer’s book, but I had easier access to Kathy Griffin’s “Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin.”

I figured this book would also be pretty juicy and offer up some great gossip.

Although that’s not necessarily true, I did enjoy reading about how Griffin got her start and made her way to where she is now.

I always love reading about how people do the things they love to do. It’s interesting to see how career paths go and how luck comes into play a lot of the time. But, I have to admit, I respect Griffin for all the time and work she put into her career.

One thing I didn’t enjoy about the book was the writing style. It was written very conversationally, and you could tell Griffin actually wrote it, but I like my books to be a bit cleaned up with their grammar.

However, it is a page turner to a certain extent. Griffin talks about her time with The Groundlings comedy troupe, which also had many other famous people go through it, including Lisa Kudrow.

She also talked about her time on the set of Suddenly Susan. But, in terms of juicy tidbits about famous celebrities, there’s not too much to offer. Steve Martin is apparently not that nice in person, but that’s one person’s perspective.

As the title of the book says, it’s a memoir about her life, and that’s what you get.

Next week, I’m going to take a crack at “L.A. Candy” by Lauren Conrad, who you may know better from The Hills. Let’s see if the reality star can write.

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Pop Culture Hijabi is a weekly column by Nadia Malik. Malik is a former newspaper reporter based in Chicago who’s now making her way as a freelancer. She spends entirely too much time watching TV and reading pop culture, fashion and TV blogs. She also occasionally consumes serious books and news. No, really. You can reach her at info@hijabtrendz.com with “pop culture hijabi” in the subject line, follow her at www.twitter.com/nadiamalik or simply leave a comment below.

  5 Responses to “Pop Culture Literature: Kathy Griffin”

  1. I was just thinking about reading Kathy Griffin’s book but I think I’ll skip it. Thanks for the review!

  2. I just have to say.. i don’t like Kathy Griffin a bit… :)

  3. LOL fatin.. yeah me neither. I didn’t even know this woman wrote a book. You think she really wrote it or had someone write it for her? I dunno something about her bugs me. Maybe it’s because she has such a potty mouth and thinks she’s so funny by pretending to put herself down all the time. I’ve tried to watch her reality show but it started really getting on my nerves. I’m thinking Heidi and Spencer’s book will be a lot more fun. Maybe I’ll go out and read it at the bookstore hehe.

  4. I know a lot of people don’t like her. I think she’s pretty crude at times, but her standup does make me laugh. I’m guessing she’s an acquired taste. :)

  5. I actually listened to this as an audiobook, she reads it, and it was fun.

    The biggest eye-opener for me was how hard she campaigned to get a Golden Globe for her reality show, gave a hilarious speech “NOT thanking Jesus” and then a right wing Christian group raised over $60,000 (more $ than Ms. Griffin spent on her self-publicity) to Denounce Her. So that is where their parishioners’ money goes?
    Show business people think of publicity in a completely different way from the rest of us.

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