Former princess, current General, and all-around entertaining human Carrie Fisher is getting into the advice business. She announced today that she’s launching an advice column in The Guardian with an initial article that shows off the funny, self-deprecating style she’s mastered in recent years:
Hilariously–after all the drug addiction and celebration marriage and mental illness and divorce and shock treatment and heartbreak and motherhood and childhood and neighborhood and hood in general–I’ve turned out to be (at close to 70) a kind of happy person (go figure!). A human who’s had her fair share of challenging and unhappy experiences. Over time, I’ve paid attention, taken notes and forgotten easily half of everything I’ve gone through. But I’ll rifle through the half I recall and lay it at your feet.
Fisher—who, for the record, is only 59—specifically asks for questions from younger people, in the hopes that she can share some life advice from her own tumultuous youth. She notes that after offering up whatever opinions she has, readers are free to “either judge me, or disagree with me, or tell me I’m fat and don’t look good for my age (your words not mine) or find some solace and inspiration.”
Frank opinions have become something of Fisher’s specialty over the past few years. She previously covered similar territory in her book-turned-one-woman Broadway show Wishful Drinking, and she’s drawn praise for her openness about discussing mental illness, particularly her simple explanation of bipolar disorder. Plus she’s become a master of don’t-give-a-fuck Twitter:
As Fisher puts it in her article, “If my life wasn’t funny it would just be true, and that’s unacceptable.” You can read her first article over on The Guardian, and send her your problems at firstname.lastname@example.org.