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  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages
  • Moranthology
  • Caitlin Moran
  • English
  • 22 July 2014
  • 9780091940881

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MoranthologyUsually when I read anything by Caitlin Moran it ends with me wishing she were my best friend This collection of essays was no different As always Moran is delightful relatable hilarious and truly entertaining Possibly the only drawback about the bestselling How To Be A Woman was that its author Caitlin Moran was limited to pretty much one subject being a womanIn MORANTHOLOGY Caitlin 'gets uite chatty’ about many subjects including cultural social and political issues which are usually left to hot shot wonks and not a woman who sometimes keeps a falafel in her handbag These other subjects includeCaffeine | Ghostbusters | Being Poor | Twitter | Caravans | Obama | Wales | Paul McCartney | The Welfare State | Sherlock | David Cameron Looking Like Ham | Amy Winehouse | ‘The Big Society’ | Big Hair | Nutter letters | Michael Jackson's funeral | Failed Nicknames | Wolverhampton | Suirrels’ Testicles | Sexy Tax | Binge drinking | Chivalry | Rihanna’s Cardigan | Party Bags | Hot People| Transsexuals | The Gay Moon Landings I was going on a very long bus ride that I knew would leave me inevitably grumpy I wandered Barnes Noble unable to find something funny to distract me from my impending angst Then I remembered that Caitlin Moran had another book out I swooped I bought I packed Now 24 hours having purchased the book I'm finishedThe think about reading Moran is that you feel like you're having drinks with your talkative eccentric friend who never means to clash her clothes or have a random sandwich in her purse but hey at least she offers to share Her collected articles here are insightful witty honest and compelling flitting from her impoverished but never mourned childhood to interviews with some of the biggest celebrities in the worldI'd give this 45 stars if I could because I really did not enjoy the Lady Gaga or Doctor Who sections in which Moran admitted outright hat she was a massive fan of each and proceeded accordingly I have no real interest in either and her writing couldn't compel me to feel differently But hey to each their own That's what being a woman indeed being a human is all about right? I'm only sorry we Americans haven't seen of Moran before this year Let's not fall short again 2013 35 starsThe author does warn you beforehand that this book is a hodgepodge collection of previously published articles general musings and midnight chats with her husbandThe majority of these articles I really enjoyed Specifically the one about her introduction to World of Warcraft her interview with Lady Gaga and Paul McCartney and of course her love for libraries ”A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit a life raft and a festival They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination”However because I have read most of the author’s books I also picked up on a few repeats that I have read beforeAnd her love of the BBC Series Doctor Who and Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock was clearly very important to her but of no real interest to me If you are interested in trying out this author I would rather recommend How to Be a Woman or How to be Famous This was a nice collection but not necessarily the best introduction to her talents But if you are already a fan of this author then you should definitely read this 35 stars I really liked it not uite a much as How to be a woman but enough to read anything else she writes I could not identify with a lot of the articles as I have not watched any of the TV shows she reference and a lot of it is very British but I was still giggling like a mad person so that deserves high praise I love that she mixes personal anecdotes real issues and celebrity stuff If you enjoyed Tina Fey I think you should try this On libraries They are cathedrals of the minds; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination In a world where women still worry that they are too much too big too loud too demanding too exuberant Taylor was a reminder what a delight it can be for men and women alike when a woman really does take full possession of her powers How incredibly light and refreshing this book was Caitlin Moran is a breath of fresh air She's sharp funny and just reeks of intelligence My kind of woman This book consists of essays that I must say are rather a mixed bag In How to be a woman I knew what I was going to get Straight forward feminism In this Moran discusses Paul McCartney Lady Gaga Dr Who David Cameron Downton Abbey and even Michael Jackson Moran has obvious style and much of this book I sat reading just giggling to myself She does have a rather clever style to her writing The only thing I strongly disagreed with was the way she entirely slated Downton Abbey I loved that series and was purely devastated when it ended Dame Maggie Smith is amazing The main huge problem with this book was the grammar and punctuation issue There seemed to be a lack of it Seriously it got on my nerves after a reading for a while This book was entertaining but not as enjoyable as How to be a woman This collection of essays from The Times of London was a mixed bag Columns featuring her trademark strident feminism? Yes please Profiles of Keith Richards Paul McCartney Lady Gaga? Sure I'm down for that A lengthy accounting of the royal wedding punctuated by numerous tweets from British celebrities I'd never heard of? No thanks Reviews of Dr Who Downton Abbey and Sherlock none of which I'd ever seen? Yawn Although that Sherlock sounds pretty good Added to Netflix ueue And while I'm sure there was a way to write about Michael Jackson's memorial service that wouldn't seem dated years later Caitlin's column sure wasn't itThis book also had many many mistakes of the typopunctuationgrammar variety The most egregious? A column that used the word serious instead of series all the way through I know newspapers are less concerned about copyediting issues than ever before and that the British have always been a bit lax about such things anyway but I wish someone at HarperCollins had just gone through this book and fixed the most obvious mistakes they were honestly uite distractingSo what's the reason to read this book? Well these days Caitlin seems focused on producing TV shows so who knows when her next book a seuel to How to Build a Girl will even be released? If you're like me and find yourself in the mood for of Caitlin's writing this book is basically the last resort and that's how it should be approached For those of us who are new to the phenomenon that is Caitlin Moran this compilation of columns proves that she is an unparalleled artist painting with a brush of words and a palette of intelligence hilarity conscience introspection and interpersonality In other words her writing is wicked smart uber perceptive totally principled and super freaking funnyOnly two problems separate Moranthology from How To Be a Woman an irrefutably five star book 1 the nature of an anthology and 2 haste First reading this book is a bit like watching a full season of West Wing in a week or multiple episodes of 30 Rock in a single sitting one is simultaneously overwhelmed by the brilliance and unable to fully appreciate it If I had it to do again without the library due date bearing down on me I'd read one piece a day As it was I had trouble switching gears between columns and ended with an impression of slight unevenness in uality Second the damned typos Clearly in a rush to capitalize on the success of How To Be a Woman in the States Moran's publisher appears to have either hired a high school student to re type the columns and run straight to the printer or forgotten to insert a caveat explaining that original errors were maintained for some strange sense of journalistic integrity and I'm not an idiot who doesn't recognize British spelling variations; I'm just a whack job who’s pet peeved by the lack of thorough editingIf I could give a book four and a half stars I would Blame How To Be a Woman for my refusal to call Moranthology perfection then read both books 45 starsHahahaha I think I need a lie down nowSo what can I possibly say about Moranthology which hasn't already been said before? In a nutshell it's bloody fantastic very accessible loaded with sharp wit an ever discerning eye and pumped full of silliness If Moranthology was a dessert it would be a mash up of all your favourites with some sprinkles added on topCaitlin Moran does what she does best she puts her heart and soul into everything she writes and in the process mocks herself uite a lot She is a fun loving free spirit and I fully salute her chaotic craziness She is a breath of fresh air which I hope to channel one day In this collection of columns she discusses the art of chivalry and the reason why it's dying which turns out to be all womens' doing why she doesn't agree with giving kids party bags at the end of a birthday why she thinks Lola out of Charlie and Lola is an unsuitable role model for all young girls including her daughters and why she made a terrible terrible stoner Oh and there are also some amusing snippets involving bedtime conversation with her husband Pete Moranthology is a MUST for Moran fans so what are you waiting for? Go get it and revel in some light hearted silliness You won't even notice Winter's on its way And Caitlin you can't copyright your hair because I want it and by god one day I'll have it I've read and enjoyed a few of Caitlin Moran's columns in The Times and elsewhere too probably so when I saw this cheap in a charity shop I picked it up to put by my bed and use as a 'light' read before going to sleepAlas though there were plenty of bits which made me laugh and a few sections which I found particularly touching and intelligent mainly about places I'd also been much of it was a bit tiresome and I didn't find that amusing This was mainly due to the problem of 350 pages of the same 'act' being a lot exposing than a couple of magazine columns once a week There seemed to be uite a lot of content that interested me little I felt less and less like the target audience for Moran's schtick the longer I readAspects of her socialist proselytising irritated me a bit parts showed a puzzling lack of self awareness but much of the reason I ended up less than impressed with the book was because there was pages and pages of popular culture journalism which bored me witless Who cares what you saw on telly or which celebs you hung out with backstage when you can't hold my interest when writing about them? I compare in my mind stuff I have read by Stephen Fry and Charlie Brooker and feel their writing on such subjects was my taste than this was


About the Author: Caitlin Moran

Caitlin Moran had literally no friends in 1990 and so had plenty of time to write her first novel The Chronicles of Narmo at the age of fifteen At sixteen she joined music weekly Melody Maker and at eighteen briefly presented the pop show 'Naked City' on Channel 4 Following this precocious start she then put in eighteen solid years as a columnist on The Times – both as a TV critic and also