How to be Famous Part 2

Part two of Sali Hughes’ In The Bathroom interview with Caitlin Moran is up on her YouTube page! Her make-up drawer is as messy as mine!

Also I’ve finished Moran’s book (yes I read very fast-it’s my only super power) How to be Famous.

Can I just say that it’s brilliant! And it’s such a timely story even though it takes place in 1995. Hilarious and heartfelt. The chapter in which Dolly writes the letter to her rock star friend about how he shouldn’t discount his teenage girl fans is amazingly important.
Although a grown woman, I became weepy at the words:
They are a power grid of energy-they are splitting their own atoms with love and exploding over and over…
The rest of the letter to John is amazing and if you haven’t figured it out yet I highly recommend this book and it’s predecessor How to Build a Girl It isn’t necessary to read first to enjoy Famous but it is the story of how Dolly met John.

How to Be Famous

It’s been four years since the debut novel How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran came out. Those who have followed this blog for a while (all nine of you! Bless!) know what that the spectacular Moran is a personal heroine of mine. As a writer she’s someone I look up to as well. Her stories are about women who we can relate to, she talks about being a woman honestly and with great love and humor.

Her next book How to Be Famous is out tomorrow and I’m excited to rejoin Caitlin’s character Dolly/Johanna as she moves to London.

Here is the Blurb:

Johanna Morrigan (AKA Dolly Wilde) has it all: at eighteen, she lives in her own flat in London and writes for the coolest music magazine in Britain. But Johanna is miserable. Her best friend and man of her dreams John Kite has just made it big in 1994’s hot new BritPop scene. Suddenly John exists on another plane of reality: that of the Famouses.

Never one to sit on the sidelines, Johanna hatches a plan: she will Saint Paul his Corinthians, she will Jimmy his Pinocchio—she will write a monthly column, by way of a manual to the famous, analyzing fame, its power, its dangers, and its amusing aspects. In stories, girls never win the girl—they are won. Well, Johanna will re-write the stories, and win John, through her writing.

But as Johanna’s own star rises, an unpleasant one-night stand she had with a stand-up comedian, Jerry Sharp, comes back to haunt in her in a series of unfortunate consequences. How can a girl deal with public sexual shaming? Especially when her new friend, the up-and-coming feminist rock icon Suzanne Banks, is Jimmy Cricketing her?

For anyone who has been a girl or known one, who has admired fame or judged it, and above all anyone who loves to laugh till their sides ache, How to Be Famous is a big-hearted, hilarious tale of fame and fortune-and all they entail.

Also here is a recent interview with Moran as she swigs cider in her bathtub with Sali Hughs.


Do you see why I LOVE HER?!
If you’d like to find me tomorrow I’ll be in my bathtub swigging cider and reading How to Be Famous.

 

Peaceful Cuisine

Japanese chef Ryoya Takashima has a great YouTube Channel called Peaceful Cuisine. I’ve been enjoying it lately and using it to wind down. Ryoya’s presence is very mellow and his imagery is simple and, well, peaceful. The (no music) versions of the videos have a subtle ASMR quality that’s very relaxing. You can also learn some fantastic vegan recipes.

Romantic Films That Aren’t

Some like to stay in for St. Valentine’s Day. Stay in and watch movies that at first glance aren’t really in keeping with the spirit of that particular holiday but trust me when I say that these are really some of the most romantic films I’ve seen in a long time. Not feel good rom-coms but complex studies in love that are morally intricate.

Happy Valentines Day!

All About Jane

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Today’s links are all about Jane Austen. In truth where would literature be without her. I know I would be a poorer reader and writer without her.

11 Jane Austen Quotes that prove she was the queen of sass!

A delightful re-boot for modern Janites!

Virginia Woolf on Jane Austen (1924)

More Jane Quotes!

Jane Austen’s England might not be our cup of tea.

And if you haven’t seen the Youtube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries I command you right now to start it. Trust Janites, you’ll love it!

Happy New Year!

Hey there Wishers!
I hope the holidays were joyus and your New Year’s hangover wasn’t too bad!
I’d like to take this opportunity before we start in on our annual re-cap to thank you all for the continued support in 2015.
So many new subscribers and lovely comments and emails, you’re a wonderful bunch!
Thank you!

In January we discovered Chateau de Guandes and followed it’s ambitious owners as they patiently nursed the old Dame back to her former glory.
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By September the Waters Family welcomed their first guests when a wedding was held on the grounds.
They are proceeding by leaps and bounds and I intend on checking in on them through 2016.

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This spring we branched out a bit and experimented with a few recipes with delicious results.
Pork Lion Piccata
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We also met Slinkachu and Kirra Jamison our in the feature Art is Everywhere.
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Last summer we met the wonderful illustrator Maori Sakai,
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We thought Fall would never come, but when temps finally dipped into baking weather we jumped right in with Banana Crunch Muffins.IMG_2173
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And finally in December we made some delicious make ahead dishes to share at holiday gatherings!
Pear & Pom salad

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In the year ahead we’ll make more lovely things to eat, explore new ideas in art and fashion and meet inspiring people doing incredible things from all over the world.
Happy New Year friends, may 2016 be a remarkable one!