The Scoop on Amy Poehler

October 11, 2013 | 1

Recommended Reading: Amy Poehler’s New Yorker essay, “Take Your Licks,” on her summer job at an ice cream parlor. “If the style of the restaurant was old-fashioned, the parenting that went on there was distinctly modern. Moms and dads would patiently recite every item on the menu to their squirming five-year-olds, as if the many flavors of ice cream represented all the unique ways they were loved.” If this essay is any indication, her upcoming memoir is going to be great.

is an associate editor for The Millions and an editor in Atlanta. She tweets at @temalone.

One comment:

  1. I like Amy Poehler’s work and I think she is funny and intelligent. This essay, however, is mediocre at best. It’s neither funny nor insightful, and honestly it doesn’t seem to be trying very hard to be either. The best I can say for it, is that it’s informative. We do learn that the author had a not-particularly difficult summer job with customers who were mildly irritating and co-workers who were not very colorful. We also learn that nurses and teachers are somehow “blue collar.” (And really, I’m still trying to figure out how a town can be “filled” with teachers. Demographically speaking, Teacher Town doesn’t make much sense unless there’s a 1:1 student faculty ratio.)

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