Stacey May Fowles Lindy hoppin’

It’s very difficult to write about Shrill, Lindy West’s debut essay collection, without being effusive. When you finish the final page, your immediate impulse is to gush at anyone who will listen about how accomplished it is, how West further demonstrates her unparallelled intelligence, humour and empathy throughout. Of course, none of this is entirely surprising, given that West has long been a cultural treasure. In the years she’s been writing about feminism, fat, choice and how we can all be better, kinder human beings, she’s developed a loyal following of readers who look to her to make some sense of the cruel, toxic mess we’re in […]
Yes, it’s hard to discuss Shrill without being effusive. It’s hard to write about it without offering gratitude, and pull quotes such as “this is the best and most important book I’ve read all year.” But it’s certainly no exaggeration to say that we’re all very lucky to live in a world where Lindy West exists.
When she writes, “I hope I helped,” you want to enthusiastically respond, “More than you can ever know.
– Stacey May Fowles, Globe and Minion, May 21, 2016.

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3 comments on “Stacey May Fowles Lindy hoppin’
  1. gormab says:

    Further proof that critical writing is on its deathbed, to be replaced by quote-whoring, bumpf, boosterism and me-journalism.

  2. Muldoon's NyQuil says:

    She had a meltdown in 2013 because she couldn’t fit into an airplane seat.

    Nick Denton and his stable of Jezeshrews are all the same. Victims as profiteers. Worse than Coren and his 2016 EpiphaME Cha-Ching Contrition Tour.

    “This is the woman who is a role model for American females today. This is the woman whose ideas are so important to the mainstream media that she recently won a “Woman’s Media Center” award for being a “fat activist” (here is her surprisingly articulate acceptance speech). This is the woman who has one of the heftiest voices on America’s largest blog for women. This is the future of America—a future of premature deaths by diabetes, strokes, and heart attacks, a future of women screeching about how men and the patriarchy sent them to the grave by allowing them to eat 5,000 calories a day.”

    Pass the Oreos!
    The oppression is just too much!

    Here’s all you need to know about Lindy West:

    Lindy West vs. Candy Corn Oreos

  3. Patrick60 says:

    “Fat acceptance movement activist?” Jeesh.

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