Until yesterday at around 1:00 in the afternoon, I absolutely could not stand Martha Stewart. I couldn’t stand her shows, her magazine, her attempts to assimilate the entire world into her WASPY image. I couldn’t stand how she decorated with pine cones and woven baskets, and mostly, I couldn’t stand how she’d become a gazillionaire out of such triteness. BUT THEN, I heard her play “Not My Job” with Peter Sagal on NPR’s “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me!” As I listened to the podcast during my lunchtime walk, I laughed out loud AND I took note of one excellent piece of advice for every librarian out there. So as much as it absolutely pains me to do so, I’m going to say it – we librarians need to emulate Martha Stewart. Here’s why (transcript from the show, after MS has described for the audience how to easily get the seeds out of a pomegranate):
SAGAL: I want you to imagine that you’ve been invited by a friend, a close friend, somebody you’re very easy and casual with, over to dinner, and they take out a pomegranate and they start removing the seeds incorrectly. Could you…
STEWART: No, no, there are many ways to take the seeds out of a pomegranate.
SAGAL: All right.
STEWART: This is by far the quickest, fastest, most practical and neatest way to do it.
SAGAL: Let’s say that they are removing the seeds in a non-optimum way.
SAGAL: Could you, Martha Stewart, in that situation which I have described, stop yourself from telling them how to do it better?
SAGAL: You couldn’t do it.
STEWART: It would be hard. It would be hard.
SAGAL: You just don’t have that gear. You can’t just stop and go…
STEWART: No, but it’s fun. And they will love me forever…
STEWART: Because I have solved a problem, a lifelong problem of how to get the (bleep) oh, excuse me.
STEWART: The seeds out of a pomegranate.
Thus, the key to Martha Stewart’s success, and ultimately the success of all librarians who will follow her, is…
I still may not be the biggest fan she will ever have, but when someone teaches me a lesson and makes me laugh at the same time, I’m willing to re-think my position on them just a little. And if you need a good laugh, not to mention tips on pomegranates and garlic cloves, you can listen to the entire interview here.