The Witches Are Coming

The Witches Are Coming

eBook - 2019
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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.
Publisher: 2019
ISBN: 9780316449878
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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ArapahoeAshleyR Dec 18, 2019

As usual, Lindy West's book is laugh-out-loud funny and quotable as heck. She made me ask myself: IS Adam Sandler actually funny? Amongst other, probably more important, things.

Nov 15, 2019

It feels weird to review a book the library doesn't own yet, but I listened to a digital advanced listening copy, so there you go!

The Witches Are Coming felt a lot more political than Shrill and a lot more angry. It's more gallows humor. It covers topics like the 2016 election, #metoo, Ted Bundy, Goop (Ok, the essay where she attends a Goop conference kind of is LOL funny), the notion of likeability, and more. I got a lot to ponder out of it, but I suspect that people of a different political persuasion might be better off avoiding it. Maybe you can find the Goop essay online? Warning: I can no longer enjoy old Grumpy Cat memes.


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