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.