"These libraries will be lost forever. And, in their place, we will have a thousand more public places where you are simply the money in your pocket rather than the hunger in your heart. Kids- poor kids- will never know the fabulous, benign quirk of walking into 'their' library and thinking 'I have read 60 per cent of the books in here, I am awesome.' Libraries that stayed open during the Blitz will be closed by budgets.
A trillion small doors closing."
Actually, it's been so long since I finished Moranthology that I can't really remember any details about it, and this is what happens when you prioritise RIP reads over all others in October, kiddos! Bad bad things. This obviously means that I need to read Moranthology again immediately, which, interestingly enough, I don't have a problem with! *Reads ferociously*
Anyway... I thought that when I read Moranthology, I'd have to do it all in one go because, you know, CAITLIN, but as it turned out I apparently wanted to savour it and so I ended up reading it over the course of about a week. It being a collection of her columns made this particularly easy, because I could just read a few at a time, and then go to sleep or whatever. I mean, I could have read a few at a time, but even when I was very sleepy, it was very difficult to put it down because I'm basically addicted to Caitlin's writing. Which is better than having a crack addiction, right?!
Because of this addiction AND the fact that this is a collection of columns, you'd think that I'd have read ALL of Caitlin's columns already and, this just being a recap of them, wouldn't be that exciting to me. Well, think again guys and gals! Because this would be true, if Caitlin wrote for any paper but The Times which has a paywall up on its website that I'm not willing to pay money to remove, even for Caitlin. Having said that, there is a column in this very book that has made me rethink the whole concept of paywalls (In Defence of Rupert Murdoch's Paywall) so, there's that. Anyway, the point is that, instead of everything in the book being old news, almost all of the columns included are new-to-me, with the exception of the ones I read on that heady day when the paywall was down.
So, content. I would say that there were a few too many TV columns involving shows I haven't seen (basically just Sherlock and Downton Abbey) BUT 1) there really weren't that many, and 2) it's kind of like having someone really awesome describe to you what was on telly last night, and in doing so makes you really want to watch it? So yeah, I kind of really want to watch Sherlock now, just so everyone knows. But even if I HAD been totally bored by these columns, they're engulfed by an amazing range of columns on most subjects- Caitlin's hair, conversations with her husband, her favourite holiday destination, and the slightly more serious topics of our current government's uselessness, including an absolutely beautiful column on the awesomeness of libraries. These latter ones were my favourites- not only because the shift in tone from hilarious to sincere does something really special to Caitlin's writing, but also because these are things that I really care about, and it's nice to know that someone else does too.
But mostly, Caitlin is hilarious, and takes on topics that are relevant and interesting- at least to me- and she writes about anything and everything so well. I really can't emphasise enough how excellent I think her writing is. Really. In the end, I'm glad this book exists for two main reasons: 1) It means I don't have to pay to get past The Times paywall (I was going to say I don't have to give Murdoch money, but of course this is published by a News Corp publishing house) and 2) It's original conception led to the idea of How To Be A Woman, which is clearly the greatest thing ever. And Moranthology? Is basically just as good. Only in a different way. But still awesome.
Yeah... I LOVE CAITLIN!