Life without the Internet is hard, especially if like me you have developed a digital fixation.
Since moving into our new place, me and the man are completely without wi-fi! And, if you take the grumbles of workmates as gospel, we are unlikely to be without internet for sometime yet. I decided in a moment of optimism to sign up for Ultra-Fast Broadband so that I would be brought into the twenty first century of blog writing with a bang. However, talking to people, it soon became clear I would be without internet for longer than expected - potentially up to 6 weeks! Talk about the collapse of the free world (besides the whole Donald Trump thing and all that).
"I would be without internet for longer than expected - potentially up to 6 weeks! Talk about the collapse of the free world (besides the whole Donald Trump thing and all that)."
After contemplating this prospect for about 5 minutes I began to panic. It became clear I needed to go back to my old trusty - I needed a new book to read. And so, I headed for my new favourite bookshop in town Ekor Bookshop run by luscious Wellingtonian women, Nicki (her other half Lars works on Sundays sometimes) and the mighty George (who runs the cafe side of things). These girls know how to pick a good book and brew a perfect coffee. Luckily my darling heroine of all things sensible and holy for women has written a new book ‘Moranifesto’. Caitlin Moran woo’ed me with her first book ‘How to be a woman’ back in 2012.
"I began to panic. It became clear I needed to go back to my old trusty - I needed a new book to read. And so, I headed for my new favourite bookshop in town Ekor Bookshop"
I immediately shared it around all my friends and beseeched them to read it. In no book before had I read about the issue of bodily hair (pro’s and con’s), strip club ethics and plastic surgery all in one place. It became an instant classic of the 'Lucy Library'. When a friend expressed her revulsion that such a book dealt with, ehem, self pleasure of female body parts, I was outraged (not because of my interest in such subject matter I would like to add). She was missing the point! There had in fact never been a book that so neatly broke down all the rubbish that I had thought it was compulsory to put up with as a girl over all these years! I suddenly realised that if David Bowie was doing it, so could I. This thought blew my mind.
Moranifesto, much like her earlier collection of essays, Moranthology, is a collection of columns Moran has written over recent years for ‘The Times’. In this book she looks at even more issues, moving into ever more political concerns, many of which affect New Zealand. From the fact London (fill here Auckland/Wellington as appropriate) has basically become an unaffordable to live post GFC, to the blitheness of the upper classes and why the working class and people on benefits don’t get a voice, Moran not only writes for women but for anyone who cares about people’s welfare. Moran also notes the demise of a third place away from home (where home might not be safe) or work where we can be and learn. Libraries, she notes, have traditionally been that place which is why Moran advocates for them so strongly.
"I suddenly realised that if David Bowie was doing it, so could I. This thought blew my mind"
I would add local bookshops, an endangered species in this modern age. I remember going into bookshops as a child and reading for hours, where no one would kick you out for staying for hours at a time. Our independent bookshops in Wellington, both new and established, must be supported so that they can remain this third place for us to be.
"I remember going into bookshops as a child and reading for hours, where no one would kick you out for staying for hours at a time."
Moranthology is super wonderful and is available from Ekor, Vic Books and Unity books. Do try and get it from a physical bookshop if possible because people who open a little local bookshop in Wellington central at a time when people buy online deserve a great big fat medal, a pint of ice cream and pat on the back. Long live the bookshop and long live Caitlin Moran!
Check out Ekor Bookshop on 17 College Street, Te Aro, Wellington.
Other independent bookshops in Wellington include:
Arty Bees, 106 Manners Street, Te Aro.
Vic Books, 1 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn.
Unity Books, 57 Willis Street, Wellington CBD.
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