“Words can be weapons, or love-spells, or just motorcars you can drive across country borders.” Caitlyn Moran, Moranthology
Warning: this post contains more love for Moran.
I bought Moranthology almost the very second after I finished listening to How to Be a Woman because Moran says oodles of things that I wish I’d thought of. And while I’m not nearly as into music as she is (a fact supported by my abysmal performance on the SongPop app), I forgive her because she’s still both hysterically funny and insightful even when I don’t know what the hell she’s talking about.
Moranthology is a collection of some of her columns from The Times (and most likely published because How to Be a Woman was wildly successful, but if my first book was a runaway success and I had oodles of columns to re-publish you can damn will bet I’d've done the same thing). If you’ve already read How to Be a Woman, some of it is a bit of a repeat, but most is not. Mostly it’s more brilliant social commentary from Moran, mixed in with lots of irreverence. Well, brilliant if you’re a liberal pop-culture loving woman with feminist leanings. Not that others can’t or won’t enjoy. I’m just guessing that those of us who will love it the most are liberal pop-culture loving women. With potty mouths.
Ironically, some of my favorite essays were on topics that I’m totally unfamiliar with.* There was funny one on her interview with Keith Richards (done at the time that his book came out) that made me want to run out and buy his book. And the talk of Dr. Who made me wish I’d seen all the episodes. Ditto for Downton Abbey. And Sherlock Holmes. Not that I can’t buy/rent them now, but if I can’t even be bothered to rent The Shining, do you really think an entire tv show is gonna happen?
Anyhoosie, as I’m sure you’ve guessed, I’m at the point where I’ll read anything Moran writes. She just needs to hurry up and write another book. Please??
*To clarify: I know who Keith Richards is. I’m not THAT oblivious to music. I just haven’t read his book. And I didn’t want to until I read this one.