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Caitlin Moran reveals she was home-schooled by a TV set and flashes her 'feminist smile'
With a brief introduction, Swedish pop culture journalist Jan Gradvall jumped into his interview at the 2013 Goteborg Book Fair with award-winning British TV host, scriptwriter, columnist and critic, Caitlin Moran, asking her about writing for TV, upon which Moran, by way of explaining her consuming interest in television, revealed that she was home-schooled by a television set. After opining on the art of opinion writing, differentiating 'stating the obvious' from offering a 'new way of seeing things,' Moran went on to knock down the ever popular, long-running PBS TV series, Downton Abbey, with a blistering comic riff. On a more serious note, Moran went on to extoll the curated virtues of library books in favor of information ranked by popularity taken from the internet; the pros and cons of internet pay walls vs. 'free stuff'; and the precipitous decline in reading and writing skills of youth, particularly among young men. Switching gears, Moran told the story of a meeting with her publisher over cover art for her book, Moranthology (Harper Perrenial; November, 2012), whereupon she demonstrated how, in front of twenty men in suits, she rolled up her blouse, grabbed her stomach fat, and flashed her 'feminist smile'. Describing a column she wrote offering 'posthumous' advice to her daughter, interwoven with stories involving English celebrities Benedict Cumberbatch and Adele, Moran followed up with how, as a teenager, she sent poems and drawings to famous people, her infatuation with the Beatles led to a disastrous meeting with Paul McCartney. Moran wrapped her appearance with sound effects on an imaginary horse before taking questions on LGBT protests over the Russian Olympics , and a spoof of the Broadway tune 'Hello Dolly' with new lyrics, 'Hello Belly'. Moran's first adultnovel, How to Build a Woman was recently published internationally, including the U.S. (Harper; September, 2014).

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