Caitlin Moran spoke to Penguin books recently about the books she loves, and feminism. She starts her interview with a mention of fellow author and feminist Gloria Steinem who says the book Little Women changed her life because it was the first time she realised women could be a whole human world.
Caitlin agrees, and goes on step further, giving this piece of advice for young girls ‘Girls, don’t read any books by men. Don’t read them. Stay away from them. Or, at least, don’t read them until you’re older, and fully-formed, and battle-ready, and are able to counter someone being rude to you, in conversation, not with silent embarrassment, or internalised, mute fury, but a calm, “Fuck you very much, and goodbye.”.’
A homeschooled child, Moran says she was able to choose her own reading material as a child and gravitated to books by female authors, and as part of the interview she gave a list of the books she loved growing up. You can see the list here:
Caitlin also said a lot more about being a women, about feminism, and of course about her love of books. You can read the full interview here.
The author’s own book about feminism, part memoir, part rant is called How To Be A Woman and you can read a review for that here.
Speed Reading, as the name suggests, is a technique used to improve our pace of reading. You look at a word or several words. This is known as fixation. You move your eye to the next word. This is called a saccade. Then, you pause to comprehend the entire sentence you just looked at. Adding all these fixations, saccades and comprehension pauses together, the average human reading speed would amount to about 250-350 words per minute. So it would take about a minute or two to read a regular document. Read More
We love hearing about your reads too, and we’ll bring you the Hit of the Lits readers’ chart very soon, but for now here are our admin reads, the books we’ve loved (and hated) from the last month. Read More
On a bungee jump, in the middle of a rave, or even upside down in a swimming pool?
Extreme reading is a very real thing, and maybe it is time for some of us to get in on the action!
Take a look at some of these examples we have found on the world wide web…