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Title:
Moranifesto
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
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New York : Harper Perennial, [2016]
ISBN:
9780062433756
Physical Description:
xiv, 329 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
The twenty-first century, where we live -- The feminisms -- The future -- Epilogue.
Abstract:
This is Caitlin Moran's engaging and amusing rallying call for our times. Combining the best of her recent columns with lots of new writing unique to this book, Caitlin deals with topics as pressing and diverse as 1980s swearing, benefits, boarding schools and why the internet is like a drunken toddler.
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Summary

From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Be a Woman and Moranthology comes a collection of Caitlin Moran's award-winning London Times columns that takes a clever, hilarious look at celebrities, society, and the wacky world we live in today--including three major new pieces exclusive to this book.

When Caitlin Moran sat down to choose her favorite pieces for her new book, she realized that they all shared a common theme--the same old problems and the same old ass-hats. Then she thought of the word 'Moranifesto', and she knew what she had to do...

Introducing every piece and weaving her writing together into a brilliant, seamless narrative--just as she did in Moranthology--Caitlin combines the best of her recent columns with lots of new writing unique to this book as she offers a characteristically fun and witty look at the news, celebrity culture, and society. Featuring strong and important pieces on poverty, the media, and class, Moranifesto also focuses on how socially engaged we've become as a society.

And of course, Caitlin is never afraid to address the big issues, such as Benedict Cumberbatch and duffel coats. Who else but Caitlin Moran--a true modern Renaissance woman--could deal with topics as pressing and diverse as the beauty of musicals, affordable housing, Daft Punk, and why the Internet is like a drunken toddler?

Covering everything from Hillary Clinton to UTIs, Caitlin's manifesto is an engaging and mischievous rallying call for our times.


Reviews 5

Publisher's Weekly Review

Moran, a novelist and career pop culture critic, doesn't consider herself one of the "professional political people," but emboldened by the success of her 2011 book How to Be a Woman-a feminist manifesto, of sorts-she's taken on even more tough topics, including political ones, in this collection of her columns from the Times of London. The collection is organized loosely into themes such as "change" and "arguing on the Internet," with new introductions that tie everything together. Moran touches on a wide array of topics, including Daft Punk's hit song "Get Lucky," Hillary Clinton, social media, class differences, and abortion. Moran's endless sense of humor, enthusiasm for punching upward, and liberal use of the word you makes reading the collection like hanging out with a loud and chatty friend ("WHERE ARE THE SEXY BITS?" she demands of Tolstoy's War and Peace, in an essay on the importance of reading). Readers don't have to be interested in or knowledgeable about everything she references (such as U.K. politics) to have fun with Moran, but they do need a silly sense of humor. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Guardian Review

Whether she's slamming inequality or bounding around the Olympics, there's a lovely energy to this collection of newspaper columns Collections of newspaper columns tend to be better to flick through than read -- hobby horses are fine if just a few, but a whole herd can put you off. Moran has been a columnist since she was 18 and is now negotiating middle age (in what seems like cheerfully disgraceful fashion) and minor celebrity (thanks to a prodigious Twitter following and the bestselling How to Be a Woman). There are certainly repeat topics in her recent writing -- you'll learn several times that Moran likes David Bowie and talking to gay men while drunk, and dislikes blithe politicians and Piers Morgan. Subjects such as hangovers or malfunctioning printers are obvious enough to merit little beyond a shrug of recognition. But a lovely energy flows through the book, whether she is fascinated by life's quirks or bounding enthusiastically around the Olympics. There's lots of great writing (Bowie is "all hip bone and cock"), but Moranifesto is strongest when it's angry, about inequality, our attitude to migrants or the treatment of women. At their best, these spiky, funny and passionate essays feel nigh-on essential. - James Smart.


Booklist Review

British writer Moran, author of the essay collection How to Be a Woman (2012), reached even larger American audiences with her stellar novel How to Build a Girl (2014). This collection of her London Times columns, newly compiled for U.S. fans, won't hold the same imminence as the columns did when they ran in England over the last few years, but no matter seriously. With her exuberant vocabulary full of Briticisms, Moran's wise, bracing observations about politics, pop culture, feminism, and nearly everything else are no-holds-barred, and made easy and fun to digest by her crackling humor. Most undated columns run for three to four pages and are rather loosely organized into four sections, each one appearing after a new blurb from Moran that connects it to the previous piece. Once a homeschooled kid, Moran features libraries largely in her work. Bemoaning her young teen daughters' lack of interest in reading, she writes, There's an air about someone who's gallivanted, joyously, through a library in their early years that I revere. Meet the original joyous library gallivanter herself; and stock up.--Bostrom, Annie Copyright 2016 Booklist


New York Review of Books Review

CAITLIN MORAN is the Mary Poppins of contemporary pop-culture feminism, a benevolent, irreverent cheerleader whose magic bag contains everything from position papers on pubic waxing to full-throated defenses of music snobs. The teenage Moran barreled her way out of a council-estate upbringing into a precocious career as a music writer, and she has since become one of Britain's most recognizable print and broadcast personalities. Her 2011 best seller, "How to Be a Woman," offered a gateway into the kind of fizzy feminist rhetoric that has gone on to suffuse celebrity culture; its fictional counterpart, 2014's "How to Build a Girl," pulled from Moran's bleak upbringing to extol the life-changing alchemy of sex, rock music and hair dye. "Moranifesto" is a vehicle with which Moran can greet readers previously unfamiliar with her columns for The Times of London, wherein she grapples with technology; interviews TV and film stars; gripes about British politics; and offers up glimpses into her life as a daughter, sister, wife and mother. The book's more than 60 previously published columns toggle between surface-skimming cultural musings and political entreaties meant to light a fire under readers' otherwise comfy rears, and are presented with a straightforwardness that only occasionally tips into what feels like forced effervescence. When the collection feels slapdash, it has less to do with the breadth of topics than it does with the pieces that, in modern-media time, seem like antiques. A diary of the author's obsession with Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," the song of summer 2013, seems deeply inessential; a recap of breathless media coverage of the queen's 2012 Diamond Jubilee was probably much funnier at the time when that spectacle turned into a glorious fiasco. Given its focus on feminism, sexism and political engagement, there's a sort of meta quality to "Moranifesto." Women's journalism has long been read and evaluated through the lens of what could be called the genocide fallacy, the belief that writing about fluffy, disposable subjects (movie stars, fashion, oneself) must mean the author has no interest in, or capacity to cover, More Serious Issues. Indeed, we very often see writing by women on explicitly political topics like universal child-care policy or efforts to combat domestic violence confined to the "women's" or "style" sections of newspapers or websites, suggesting that such topics are special-interest, rather than issues of human rights. The format of "Moranifesto" dares readers to reckon with this internalized sexism: Isn't it kind of, you know, silly to pair a breathlessly objectifying profile of Benedict Cumberbatch with a heartfelt plea to empathize with political refugees? Or is it a way to catch our journalistic double standards? After all, plenty of male writers have moved seamlessly between drooling Esquire cover stories about the starlet of the moment and gravitas-stuffed considerations of war. We implicitly trust Rolling Stone, a magazine that has never met a female musician or TV star it couldn't manage to strip down for a cover shoot, to bring us sober coverage of economic policy and interviews with sitting presidents. Moran acknowledges her own susceptibility to such thinking, recalling a time when she proposed to her editor at The Times that she leave her pink ghetto to join the big brains of the op-ed section: "You can't write a column for a glossy magazine where, one week, you detail how much you hate printers and then, the next, Syria. That's just not one of the careers on offer." Is that a prophylactic defense against charges of fluffery? It might be. But despite its self-deprecation, "Moranifesto" is not a collection that suffers from low self-esteem. Moran thinks big, writes expansively, and expects a lot from readers, if titles like "The Refugees Are Saving Us All," "How Wind Turbines Keep Us Free" and "Let Us Find Another Word for Rape" are to be taken literally. In the book's title essay, for instance, she envisions a world where manifestoes on everything from economics to education standards are uploaded into a database, where they can be evaluated, tested, prototyped and cataloged: "an aggregation of everything we have learned, across the world - all being updated in real time, on a scale unimaginable for any government or business." Readers shouldn't have to decide between the Moran who recounts in excruciating (and humblebragging) detail embarrassing things done in front of celebrities and the one who earnestly believes that "it is the solemn duty of every citizen to dream of mad futures." Both of them speak to a need for idealism at a time when lines between pop and politics have dissolved like smoke. And even Mary Poppins needs to put down her bottomless carpetbag and let the soothing magic of television and pop music take her away. ANDI ZEISLER'S most recent book is "We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement"


Library Journal Review

In both her previous essay collections and her best-selling novel, How To Build a Girl, British humorist, writer, and feminist Moran has won audiences over with her sharp wit and penetrating insights about modern-day sexism. And while she continues this conversation, her newest collection, which compiles her most recent columns from UK newspaper The Times, has more range as she examines the current state of Western culture and politics in general. Her message, or manifesto, persists in its tone of empowerment. She believes in her readers, and she believes that they, and not just the rich and connected, can and must be the catalysts of change. In this way, she brings to light how all political action, big or small, ultimately matters-an inspiring reminder, especially in today's uncertain political -climate. -VERDICT It is difficult, and rare, to be both political and funny, critical yet inviting, but Moran handles this tension skillfully and she succeeds in at least compelling her readers to listen and read on, if not inspiring them into instant action.-Meagan Lacy, Guttman -Community Coll., CUNY © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Moranifesto: Part Onep. 1
The Twenty-First Century, Where We Live
No One Wants to Go Outp. 14
I Can't Stop Listening to "Get Lucky"p. 17
In Defense of Hipstersp. 22
I Am Hungover Againp. 25
I Don't Know What to Do When I'm Alonep. 28
Printers Are Evilp. 31
The Exact Amount of Famous I Am: 35 Percentp. 34
All the Different Ways I Have Annoyed Famous Peoplep. 37
TV Review: Shakespeare and David Bowie-England's Beautiful Boysp. 41
Why We Cheered in the Street When Margaret Thatcher Diedp. 46
The Rich Are Blithep. 52
How to Handle Other People's 5:2 Dietsp. 55
BACON!p. 58
The Rainy Jubilee-God Bless You, Ma'amp. 61
TV Review: Imagine If You Didn't Love David Bowiep. 75
The Smells of Your Childhoodp. 80
The Unhappy Bus Tour Guide, New Yorkp. 83
Moranifesto: Part Twop. 87
The Feminisms
My Muppet Facep. 103
The Two Things Men Need to Understand About Womenp. 106
Women Keep Fucking Things Upp. 109
I Propose Not Having Opinions on Women for, Say, Five Yearsp. 112
A Woman's Monthly Faultinessp. 115
Stop Making Everything Sexyp. 119
The Most Sexist TV Show in the Worldp. 122
No More Page 3p. 125
Let Us Find Another Word for Rapep. 128
Perhaps I Don't Believe in Redemption Anymorep. 131
FGM-It Takes Just One Person to End a Customp. 134
This Is a World Formed by Abortion-It Always Has Been, and It Always Will Bep. 137
Oh, Hillary, Suddenly, I Love Youp. 140
I Have Given Up Heels. Like, Totallyp. 143
The REAL Equality Checklistp. 146
Why Can't Life Be More Like a Musical?p. 149
What Really Gives Mc Confidencep. 152
Women Getting Killed on the Internetp. 155
How to Run a Half-Arsed Global Internet Campaignp. 161
Slash & Burn-My Life with Cystitisp. 164
On the Set of Girls with Lena Dunham: "She Is the Very Thing"p. 167
When the Oscars Won't Be Evilp. 178
Mums Are Superheroesp. 181
All the Lists of My Lifep. 184
Moranifesto: Part Threep. 195
The Future
I Love Pete's Carp. 209
Reading Is Fiercep. 212
Austerity-They Killed My Libraryp. 215
12 Years a Slavep. 218
New York Will Save Usp. 221
Syria: A Man on a Roofp. 224
The Refugees Are Saving Us Allp. 227
We Are All Migrantsp. 230
Swarmsp. 233
We Need a New Newsp. 236
Je Suis Charliep. 239
Pathsp. 242
How Wind Turbines Keep Us Freep. 245
Russell T. Davies: The Man Who Changed the World, Just a Little Bitp. 248
Coffee Is Killing Usp. 257
TV Review: Elizabeth Taylor: Auction of a Lifetime-"Not So Vulgar Now, Is It?"p. 260
The Frumious Cumberbatchp. 264
The Poor Are Cleverp. 278
Ironic Bigotry-Because Only a Cunt Would Pretend to Be a Cuntp. 281
How I Learned About Sexp. 284
We Should Ban Homeworkp. 293
To Teenage Girls on the Edgep. 296
My Beauty Advicep. 299
It's Okay My Children Do Not Readp. 302
Moranifesto: Part Fourp. 305
Epilogue: My Posthumous Letter to My Daughterp. 327