Help us, Carrie Fisher, you’re our only hope.
On Friday, The Guardian debuted a new advice column from the Star Wars star in which she offers to give guidance to young people seeking help. The column, fittingly, is titled “Advice from the dark side.”
“I can’t help you with your homework; but I can tell you what I did if I’ve had an experience like yours,” Fisher writes. “Throw it at my wall and see what sticks. What you do with that info is up to you.”
Fisher has published several books including the novel Postcards From the Edge and her 2009 memoir Wishful Drinking, based on her one-woman play of the same name. And the actress is no stranger to baring all — she tells readers that in spite of “the drug addiction and celebration marriage and mental illness and divorce and shock treatment and heartbreak and motherhood … I’ve turned out to be (at close to 70) and kind of happy person (go figure!)”.
Fisher makes a final pitch to her readers that is nothing short of unapologetic and simultaneously charming:
So then 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. If my life wasn’t funny it would just be true and that’s unacceptable. Tell me your story, I’ll tell you mine. We’ll meet at the pub and get back into the swing. What have you got to lose? Time mostly (which is a human construct), but you’ll have an anecdote and advice in exchange – who could ask for anything more?
Read Fisher’s full column and see how to submit questions for her over at The Guardian.