THIS IS A WITCH HUNT.
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.
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About the Author
Lindy West is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is the author of Shrill, a memoir. Her essays on feminism, social justice, body image and popular culture have been featured in Jezebel, Cosmopolitan, GQ and The Stranger and on This American Life. From 2014 to 2017 she wrote a weekly political column for The Guardian. She is also the founder of I Believe You/It's Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teenagers, as well as the reproductive rights destigmatization campaign #ShoutYourAbortion. She lives in Seattle.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love Lindy West. I loved Shrill, I've loved her published essays/articles, and this book is no exception. I love it too. I love a good, positive women/witches comparison. This book has it all. It's pithy, brutal, frank, and hopeful at turns. Is Lindy angry? Undoubtedly. But you know what? So am I. And so too, should you be. The world is falling apart around us. Women are losing their rights and their autonomy left and right. So are trans folks. And POC. Who's next? And why do we keep letting it happen? West covers feminism, abortion, climate change, misogyny, Goop, whether or not Adam Sandler is really funny, Joan Rivers, Ricky Gervais, Adam Carolla, Harvey Weinstein, the aforementioned Roseanne Barr, Gamergate, Pizzagate, toxic masculinity, gendered violence, and pretty much every other interesting (and incendiary) topic a modern human might care to explore. My determination: 5 out of 5 arbitrary items of rating. Buy this book. And Shrill. Bask in the warm, fiery glow of Lindy gleefully lambasting the worst of the worst, and utterly refusing to apologize for it. As she should.
I so enjoy Lindy West's writing and The Witches are Coming does not disappoint. I snort-laughed in public often. This collection doesn’t have as much range as Shrill, which drew from all parts of Lindy’s life and felt very personal, but has more focus on cultural commentary - good commentary, and yes, that Adam Sandler essay because I have never understood why people thought he was funny. Her excellent Goop Health piece is included here. (1. That cover. 2. Whee, Shrill S2 drops in January!)
After getting my hands on a copy of The Witches are Coming and devouring it, Shrill is now at the top of my TBR. I wanted to highlight every single page of this book. Within the first essay, West had me laughing and crying. And it didn't stop for the entire book. She tackles hard-hitting topics like misogyny and the #MeToo movement, prejudice, feminism, climate change, so-called "political correctness, how we got into the hell-hole that is our current political landscape, and more, with passion and brilliance. You need to read this book. I can't remember the last time I felt so much despair because of the state of our world, followed so quickly by hope and optimism, as I did reading this one. This book is timely, and needed, and not to be missed.
The Witches Are Coming is straight-up feminist / liberal candy. She’s not going to change anybody’s minds with this book — she’s definitely going to be preaching to the choir — but members of that choir are going to eat. it. up. (As did I.) The book is made up of essays that offer commentary on today’s political and social climates. There’s an entire chapter called, “Is Adam Sandler Funny?” (Spoiler alert: No.) I honestly think that if you’re going to read this book, you should go for the audiobook. I didn’t listen to it myself (because I received an advanced e-copy of the print edition), but you can just tell. Lindy is hilarious (of course), and her delivery of these passionate essays is sure to be spot-on. I did actually listen to her first book, Shrill, and loved her delivery in that one. So, long story short: If you like the idea of a liberal feminist comedian writing a liberal, feminist, funny book, then this one is absolutely for you.