Daily Archives: February 28, 2009

The Wit and Wisdom of Carrie Fisher

I just finished reading Carrie Fisher’s delightful book, “Wishful Drinking.” If you are fascinated by someone who grew up rich and famous, played an iconic figure (Princess Leia) in an iconic movie (Star Wars), married Paul Simon, had a PEZ dispenser made in her image, woke up in her bed next to a dead man, had electroshock therapy, “turned” another husband gay and much, much more … read the book. Here are just some of the spot-on slices of her brilliant and tasty literary pie:

1. “I heard someone say once that many of us only seem able to find heaven by backing away from hell.”

2. “Resentment is like drinking a poison and waiting for the other person to die.”

3. “He was said to be distinguished looking. That’s ugly with money.”

4. “Instant gratification takes too long.”

5. When Bob Dylan asked her for a good name for a cologne: “Arbitrary … for the man who doesn’t give a shit how he smells.”

6. “It’s important to be able to distinguish between a problem and an inconvenience.”

7. When asked by an interviewer if she was happy: “Among other things.”

8. “I don’t have a problem with drugs as much as I have a problem with sobriety.”

9. “How tragic would it be to be runner-up for Bipolar Woman of the Year?”

10. Mike Nichols on why her marriage to Paul Simon failed: “Two flowers, no gardener.”