Six Degrees of Separation – from The Beauty Myth to The Accidental Billionaires

It’s time for #6degrees. Start at the same place as other wonderful readers, add six books, and see where you end up!

This month we begin with a book that generated a lot of debate when it was published in 1990 – The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf. My friends were discussing it over pots of beer at The Clyde in Carlton, while we should have been at lectures… Continue reading


Pretty Ugly by Kirker Butler

If you don’t laugh/snigger within the first chapter of Kirker Butler’s Pretty Ugly, put the book down. Please don’t plough-on and then carry-on about politically incorrect humour. Because that’s just boring for everyone.

The story is about the Millers, your typical dysfunctional American family. There’s Miranda, the social-climbing stage mom; nine-year-old pageant queen, Bailey; Ray, the philandering husband who works around the clock as a nurse to keep Miranda and Bailey in pageants and to keep his 17-year-old girlfriend, Courtney, happy; and the crazy grandmother, Joan, who has a hotline to Jesus.

The core of the story pokes fun at the kid-beauty-pageant-circuit. Is the joke overworked? Maybe. Then again, no – the circuit is beyond ridiculous.

“After eight and a half years and three hundred and sixty-three pageants, Miranda was pretty sure she’d thought of everything, but this had never even occurred to her… If she’d overlooked something as fundamental as her nine-year-old daughter’s sex appeal, what else had she missed?” Continue reading