by MIA FREEDMAN
There are very few books I have inhaled and then immediately turned back to the begining to start again.
In fact there are only two and they were both written by Caitlin Moran.
Reading her first book, How To Be A Woman is probably the closest I will come to a religious experience.
Like many others who have read and raved about this book, I wrote big chunks of it down. Just because her words about being a woman – everything from periods to sexism to brazilians to childbirth to abortion to masturbation to feminism – were unlike any I’d read before but always innately felt and believed. Even if I hadn’t been able to articulate it yet.
I bought the book for my friends. For my mother and aunts. I talked about it and wrote about it…I still do. Caitlin Moran would have to be one of the biggest influences on me as a woman, a feminist and as a writer.
Are you getting the picture that I’m quite taken with her? So when the opportunity came up to interview her in conjunction with the release of her second book, Moranthology, I was a combination of jubilant and terribly anxious.
The day before our interview, I woke up quite sick. Just a cold but I was distraught not to be at my best. And then I remembered it was an interview. Not a date.
I downloaded a piece of software that would allow me to record our skype conversation – both video and audio – and naturally, when she finally called me at the appointed time, I forgot to press record.