mardi 16 octobre 2012

Contagious cleverness

Cleverness is totally contagious, so we should expose ourselves to it as much as possible.  You know, it’s like how – after an hour in Liverpool, Glasgow or Cork – you* start speaking in the local accent.  Or how anorexia spreads through classes at school like a temporary plague, or a craze for yo-yos or earmuffs.

So, if I spend a lone weekend re-reading a few classics and thinking deeply about them, I revert to my English A-Level self and start having ‘brilliant’ ideas about, like, semiotics and stuff.  Not to mention using words that I had forgotten I knew.

If I stay in for an evening and watch 30 Rock DVDs until my eyes bleed and I hear the plinky-plonk retro theme music in my sleep, I become a bit funnier and bitchier, in the style of Liz Lemon.

I am currently reading Moranthology by, um duh, Caitlin Moran.  My love for her columns and her book How to Be a Woman is long-standing and well-documented.  HTBAW lives next to my lavatory, so that I can flip it open and read a sensible idea every day.  It sits alongside Prudence and a lot of dusty copies of Vogue, so I think you’ll agree it’s in pretty hallowed company.

So, as the title indicates, Moranthology is a collection of her columns and interviews.  I’ve read nearly all of them before, but there seems to be something powerful about having them all in one volume, at my fingertips, a concentrated burst of funny/clever/cool whenever I want/need it.  I swear, an hour of it on the train every morning this week has made me approximately 26% wittier for the rest of the day.

I mean, it’s not going to help me, like, work at CERN (or write anything as fiendishly clever as Gillian Flynn), but it’s a start.  In fact, I would go so far to say that I really recommend you go home tonight and: read a bit of Tolstoy or a Brontë, then watch Mean Girls and read a few Caitlin Moran columns.  You’re welcome!

* If you’re a bit of a dickhead, like me.

2 commentaires:

  1. If you can knock out that Cork accent in an are a superstar of knocking out accents.

  2. Thanks! ...Yeah, I feel fraudulent now; I really should have mentioned that this habit is made even more embarrassing by the fact that my grip on accents is, well, rubbish.