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This is a witch hunt We re witches, and we re hunting you God, I missed Lindy West I mean, she didn t go anywhere and I read Shrill only two months ago and I still haven t seen the show and she s written pieces for a dozen or so other media outlets, but I still miiiiiiissed her While Shrill Notes from a Loud Woman was a lot of West s own personal life, growth and realizations, The Witches Are Coming examines societal shifts holistically and offers a ruthlessly necessary cultural critique If her previous book was in part a crash course on the history of the internet up through the first half of 2016, we re now taken on a trip through many generation defining events that have taken place over the past three and a half years The election of Donald Trump, Brexit, the MeToo movement these all have happened in the relatively short but also inexplicably long period since In addressing not only these happenings, but the inevitable backlash to the backlash, Lindy West provides a thoughtful and well reasoned examination of subjects that still are too discomfiting to bring up in some polite company And she does it all with the same level of cutting humor that you d come to expect from her work.And, guys, it s really really funny I was cracking up over even the chapter titles Come on,Ted Bundy Was Not Charming Are You HighThat s fucking classic I want it embroidered on a pillow or something And she replicates one of my favorite parts of her last book, which was the reflective look at one the idols of her youth, Howard Stern But instead of Stern this time, she devotes entire chapters to examining the legacies of comedy legends such as Adam Sandler and Joan Rivers Even some of the chapter titles, likeIs Adam Sandler Funny , would be enough provocation to set off a pack of furious fanboys to defend his honor, but I beg you all to take the time to read what she s written These aren t hit pieces the conclusions she reaches are nuanced and even the criticisms aren t really levied at the performer personally, but at the society that shaped as well as consumed them.Even those who weren t blessed with their own chapter received credit where it was due Ricky Gervais and Louis C.K s contributions to comedy aren t merely tossed aside by a changing world, but they also aren t immune to being challenged by it One of the funniest chapters features Gwyneth Paltrow in all her Goopiness and it s not mocking or glowing in the way we ve come to expect towards her, but instead is refreshingly giddy and candid West balances comic whimsy and difficult truths with the same level of deftness as Mary Poppins, disguising the bitterness of medicine with a spoonful of sugar It really does make it all easier to swallow.Most chapters feature a story from West s own life, either a hilarious anecdote or a moment of frustration, that is used as a segue into a topic of importance for her A few are really Trojan Horses that don t reveal their true nature until further into the piece, but some are upfront about the content for good reason InWhat Is an Abortion, Anywayshe discusses not just her own real abortion, but her fictional one as well Her insistence to include Shrill s main character, Annie s, abortion in the pilot was the same determination that birthed the ShoutYourAbortion movement online While not as satirical as the other essays, it s just as sharp and truly beneficial to anyone who considers themselves pro choice.Real talk, I was so giggly while reading this My Kindle copy is so full of highlighted passages that if I had done the same thing to a physical copy it would be like 65% highlighter Her self awareness makes her so endearing and her biting wit is funny as hell I just thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this book The end left me optimistic and with a sense of pending accomplishment, which, yeah, is probably unearned at this stage, but with a clear path forward I don t know what else to say Lindy West left me feeling happy and gave me some hopeThanks to Hachette Books Netgalley for an advance copy This was goddamn incredible a fantastic, funny, insightful clapback of a book I sometimes incorporate my favorite quotes from a work in a review, but if I did that with The Witches Are Coming, I d be copying and pasting the whole book This was my first read from Lindy West, and I was astounded at how much I love her writing She discusses serious issues here, the most pressing and infuriating issues of our moment, but couches them in brilliant and funny entryways to make them accessible and inarguable to anyone If your politics are even 20% similar to West, you will be snapping along so hard your fingers will fall off She discusses how America is intensely allergic to acknowledging when things are wrong through the story of Grumpy Cat s real name or Chip and Joanna Gaines s religious affiliation She discusses the farcicality of witch hunts and shaming identity politics by talking about a gear swapping Facebook group her husband is a part of trust me, it makes sense when you read it She discusses online harassment, portrayals of women and abortion in media, the privilege of wellness culture, and so much But most importantly, just when you start to get a bit disillusioned with American society, she reminds you that the world is a beautiful place worth saving, that this country is ours and that your beliefs should not be shaken by all the people trying to shake them You should hold firm in your activism and give a big ol fuck you to anyone who laughs at you, paints you as hysterical angry unproductive, tries to trigger you, harasses you, or tries to turn you standing up for what is right into the punchline of a joke Thank you for writing this kickass book, Lindy West when it comes out, I am going to make all my friends and family read it Thanks to NetGalley and Hatchette for giving me the privilege of reading this ARC. In This Wickedly Funny Cultural Critique, The Author Of The Critically Acclaimed Memoir And Hulu Series Shrill Exposes Misogyny In The MeToo Era.THIS IS A WITCH HUNT.WE RE WITCHES,AND WE RE HUNTING YOU From The Moment Powerful Men Started Falling To The MeToo Movement, The Lamentations Began This Is Feminism Gone Too Far, This Is Injustice, This Is A Witch Hunt In The Witches Are Coming, Firebrand Author Of The New York Times Bestselling Memoir And Now Critically Acclaimed Hulu TV Series Shrill, Lindy West, Turns That Refrain On Its Head You Think This Is A Witch Hunt Fine You Ve Got One.In A Laugh Out Loud, Incisive Cultural Critique, West Extolls The World Changing Magic Of Truth, Urging Readers To Reckon With Dark Lies In The Heart Of The American Mythos, And Unpacking The Complicated, And Sometimes Tragic, Politics Of Not Being A White Man In The Twenty First Century She Tracks The Misogyny And Propaganda Hidden Or Not So Hidden In The Media She And Her Peers Devoured Growing Up, A Buffet Of Distortions, Delusions, Prejudice, And Outright Bullsh T That Has Allowed White Male Mediocrity To Maintain A Death Grip On American Culture And Politics And That Delivered Us To This Precarious, Disorienting Moment In History.West Writes, We Were Just A Hair S Breadth From Electing America S First Female President To Succeed America S First Black President We Weren T Done, But We Were Doing It And Then, True To Form Like The Balrog S Whip Catching Gandalf By His Little Gray Bootie, Like The Husband In A Lifetime Movie Hissing, If I Can T Have You, No One Can White American Voters Shoved An Incompetent, Racist Con Man Into The White House We Cannot Understand How We Got Here How The Land Of The Free Became Trump S America Without Examining The Chasm Between Who We Are And Who We Think We Are, Without Fact Checking The Stories We Tell Ourselves About Ourselves And Each Other The Truth Can Transform Us There Is Witchcraft In It Lindy West Turns On The Light. I agree with much of what Lindy West says in her new book, but I can t shake the feeling I had when I read her first book That feeling is of confusion why aren t I liking this book better when I agree with a lot of what is being said In no way am I trying to be judgmental or say the tone of this book is wrong it s just not my particular style There were some essays I liked than others I also share being mystified by Adam Sandler s popularity , I laughed out loud during the Goop one how ridiculous and the one on Women and how from a young age we are fed though pop culture the way girls behave act look and the same for boys I appreciate how this book opened up my eyes to look at things differently Certain ways of thinking are just so engrained that it s hard to re learn what you just absorbed as a child What I also think is unfortunate is that the part of our population that would benefit greatly from reading this won t, and the people who agree already share the same opinion and don t really have anywhere to go from here I guess that s the real problem with our polarized society We re all just talking or screaming into the void and there is no real conversation in the middle Review Date 11 17 19Publication Date 11 05 19 4 4.5 stars It hadn t really occurred to me before reading this book, but Lindy West is a critic uniquely suited to reflecting on our current cultural and political moment Long before the madness of the 2016 election cycle, she built a career on dealing with and reflecting on internet trolls, and in this collection, she does a wonderful job connecting that cycle of bad faith arguments and impotent rage to pop culture and politics as we currently see them This book was full of beautifully distilled lines that captured a feeling or idea that I so often have grasped for in trying to make sense of the world around me and this book made me feel less alone and less crazy in that pursuit.I will say this reads a little too much like a blog or online op ed for my personal taste in essays of this kind, so that is what keeps it from being a full home run, but overall, if you re into the overall project of Lindy West and or progressive cultural criticism, I think you ll like this. 3.5 stars I m a bit conflicted on this one but I can t bring myself to rate it less than 4 stars because a I love Lindy West and want her to succeed b I enjoyed parts of this immensely there were moments that made me think, moments that made me feel I got teary eyed over Guy Fieri for gods sakes West writes in this way that is so chatty and fun and easy to read that I kept having these little fissures of shock every time I remembered that, oh yeah, she s also really fucken smart.So why, then, did this not totally rock my world Why did I find myself wanting to skim through chunks of it I think that for me a lot of it felt like a retread Maybe it s that I ve done a lot reading on various feminist social issues in the last 3 years since I read and loved Shrill, but there was a lot here that didn t exactly feel new There are some really quality moments of wisdom, some nice quotable nuggets, and there are several main themes that I would have loved to see expanded our predilection for turning away from truth and going with the flow, how many people choose to cease growing as they get older, how we are taught it s not cool to care, etcBut I don t think it was enough for me I don t need to be convinced that sexism or racism or classism or fatphobia or climate change are a problem And what s the point of merely stating the problem What are we here for Solidarity Laughs Those are here, definitely, but doesn t it all just feel a little like preaching to the choir I don t know, maybe I m expecting or asking for too much, but I wanted something that s about moving us forward I kept impatiently thinking Yes, and Sigh I don t know This wasn t bad, by any means Parts of it were really good I laughed I cried And obviously a lot of people are loving it I just expected to whole ass love it when I only actually half ass did, and I guess I m a little bummed about it. I haven t watched the tv show Shrill but I remember reading a little of the book, but I never finished it because it was a time when I used to abandon books midway a lot But I also remember that I found it very interesting and powerful So when I saw this book on my Libro.fm list for November, I knew I had to pick it up immediately and I m so glad I didn t put it off As I always like to do, I listened and read this book simultaneously and while it s a very wonderful book to read, the author s narration makes it excellent She is fiery and passionate and brings out all the emotions that she may have felt while writing the book into her narrative voice, and it makes for a very immersive listening experience Right alongside her, I felt angry and disappointed, I laughed out and I felt motivated Any book that evokes such strong feelings in us deserves a read This book is also extremely quotable I just kept highlighting paragraphs upon paragraphs in my kindle, and I think I could have done that to the whole book The book is not a single coherent story, it s like a collection of essays with each chapter dealing with a different topic that the author deeply resonates with She is a pro choice, body positive, feminist writer and is completely unapologetic about her opinions and I admire her so much for it I particularly loved reading her thoughts on the MeToo movement, abortion rights, youth activism and women s anger But what makes this book special is her no holds barred style of writing That would probably be considered a good attitude for a man but not a woman, and the author talks extensively about all the ways in which this hypocrisy persists where men are assumed to be the leaders and risk takers and capable, whereas women have to work doubly hard to prove themselves to be on par while also fighting off impossible expectations of niceness and likability And whatever topic she is talking about, it s inevitable that the discussion turns to the current president and she is fearless in her criticism of his policies, as well as the overall destructive platform of the Republicans and their right wing cohorts And she is also highly critical of the center or apolitical people as if choosing not to be political in the current climate is in itself not a highly privileged political stance I could probably write a lot in my review, but I want to end it right here and ask you to pick this up Read it, listen to it, it s your choice but do consume it It may not talk about things we don t already know, but sometimes it s good to get a reminder especially from someone who hits the nail on the head so articulately and without holding herself back And as a fat woman, I admire the author even for sticking up for her principles in the face of unimaginable trolling and threats It s an extremely well written and narrated book and I highly recommend it. 3.75 stars This is a witch hunt We re witches and we re hunting you I am hitting the Nonfiction November stride I really hadn t read much by Lindy West before, but her larger than life personality came across so vividly in these essays, and she covered so much From thoughts on South Park and Adam Sandler, jalape o bagels with cream cheese and cayenne which sound amazing by the way to deeper issues with the metoo movement, climate change, President Donald Trump, and abortion I gained insight and perspective but I also felt like I was being scolded Thank you to Hachette, Hachette Audio and libro.fm for my gifted physical copy and audiobook in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own I am reviewing this because I like being first at stuff and Lindy is awesome. Thank you, Netgalley, for an advanced copy for review I have been reading a ton of feminist literature recently and they were starting to blend together, so I took this nice and slow This book was fantastic, taking a place for me among the recent feminist literary giants like Feminasty or Good and Mad of the past year or so Surprisingly, I hadn t heard of Lindy or her social media storm and other happenings of the past few years, so I went in unbiased, and I was glad for it Firstly, this book is quotable as heck For the sake of this being an advanced copy I read, I think I m not allowed to quote anything, but consider it sufficient to say I want to just print this book on a scroll, walk to public areas, unravel it across the pavement and get up on a soapbox to read it aloud It s great Any chapter would make an excellent oration in fact, the audiobook version, if being made, will probably be fantastic, just like Feminasty was some stuff needs snarky enunciation and so forth The book was written in a great tone for those formats of delivery alternating internet slang with millennial street lingo with scholarly rhetoric that I want to engrave on something That exact tone, casual with strong tones of exasperation, made it extremely readable and relatable reading.Lindy covers a lot in this book, a lot that rational women today should be mad about, concerned with, or fighting for actively Her frank explication of MeToo, abortions and how they really aren t the big deal everyone thinks they are, Adam Sandler s comedy, heck, even GOOP by Gwyneth Paltrow Lindy s there with an unvarnished take on most things that have come up in at least my own personal life Trump is than hateful rhetoric, she impresses, he is the embodiment and symptom of hate and gross behavior that has grown like a tumor beneath America s skin for years and years And climate change She doesn t hold back, and she is a native of Seattle, close to where I live, so her no holds barred take on how this crisis will affect it specifically hit home for me As I finished reading, I felt both hopeful and choked up with frustration, just as Lindy is throughout these pages We can do something to mitigate climate change, we can choose not to watch South Park or Adam Sandler movies, we can vote Donald Trump out or impeach him, at this point I like that Lindy didn t present a rose colored glasses vision of anything her blunt honesty is everything we need, and probably exactly why she was hounded on social media so viciously Most can t handle frank truth from feminists, and that s a fact But Lindy is hilarious, she makes sense, she is convincing The witches are coming, and we can join and help them.