Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work by Tim Gunn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved it! Tim Gunn's unique voice really comes through in this advice/tell-all book. He expounds on his philosophies of good behavior, ambition, teaching, and even parenting. The book is deeply personal as Gunn's family dynamics (including his father's relationship with J. Edgar Hoover) and professional life play a major role throughout.
A must read for any Tim Gunn fan going through withdrawal when Project Runway is not airing.
Favorite quotes from the book:
"But let us not be swept up in this tide of rudeness. This book (in addition to being a fun excuse to tell some of my fashion-world stories) is a call to arms, a manifesto for kindness, generosity, and integrity. I hope will join me in trying to make society a friendlier, more polite, and less aggressive place."
"Also: If you're going to yell demands for food into a room full of strangers, you'd better be as fabulous as Diane von Furstenburg if you expect to get away with it."
"There are times for protest, for civil disobedience, but on a day-to-day basis, it's best to avoid bringing out the big guns."
"Never try to resolve an emotional conflict over food. I recommend ordering drinks instead - with neither ice nor olives."
"Why bitch-slap someone unless you're leaving the planet for good? Don't burn bridges; you might need them later."
"If I were a waiter and someone talked rudely to me, I know I would be seriously tempted." I would never intentionally put someone's life at risk, bu half-a-dozen laxative tablets disolved in a cup of coffee would be sweet payback, indeed."
"I can't imagine a more aesthetically offensive item of footwear than Crocs. That little strap! I shudder."
"I also have no problem if you want to find a cave and have someone roll a boulder in front of it. To each his own."
"Call me a schoolmarm, but few things make me angrier than people not taking care of library materials." ~A man after my own heart!
"But let's talk some more about the bad ones, because they're the most fun to gossip about, and they deserve a little public shaming."
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