Amy Poehler, on my A-List

16 May 2011

She’s my favorite woman on TV right now. I love everything about her, such that when this month’s New York Magazine appeared with a silly slideshow of great photos, I clicked through every one (that’s where I found this one). I’m even considering pre-ordering the new book written by her Parks and Recreation character, Leslie Knope, entitled Pawnee, the Greatest Town in America.

One of my favorite running gags in the show is a description of the town of Pawnee, Indiana’s murals, which seem to show — invariably — offensive aspects of the town’s history (and they’re on display in a different slideshow at Details magazine). Take, for example, this one:

The show’s characters explain:

Leslie: What you doing in these parts?
Dave: Oh, I just, uh, I came by to see the murals. This one is pretty amazing.
Leslie: Yeah, this one’s a beauty. You know, in the 1880’s, there were a few years that were pretty rough and tumble in Pawnee. This depicts kind of a famous fight between Reverend Bradley and Annabeth Stevenson, a widowed mother of seven. The original title of this was “A Lively Fisting.” But y’know, they had to change it for … obvious reasons.
Dave: She’s got him by the hair pretty good there.
Leslie: Yeah.

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