Witches Are Coming

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Lindy West: Witches Are Coming (2019, Little, Brown Book Group Limited)

260 pages

English language

Published June 29, 2019 by Little, Brown Book Group Limited.

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4 stars (4 reviews)

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Biting and funny, sometimes off-putting but always thoughtful

4 stars

I admit that I read this collection of essays after seeing her famous bit about the trumpet, which genuinely made me do a spit-take. The rest of the book is not nearly so care-free, it muses on heavy topics like online trolling, doxxing, sexism, misogyny, double-standards, Donald Trump and the alt-right, and other cheerful things like that. West's language is sometimes ascerbic, but she has a point every time and wields her wit and words as a weapon to get your attention. The biggest take-away I took from this book is that I need to finally get around to seeing Shrill, the Hulu series based on her previous book/memoir.

The Witches Are Coming

4 stars

This book is full of righteous anger coated in wit and sprinkled with humorous anecdotes.

For example the famous bit about the trumpet (which I quoted earlier bookwyrm.social/user/ssweeny/quotation/3538582#anchor-3538582) starts a chapter about how a musical instrument exchange group on Facebook had to deal with a group of unruly racists.

The "Witches" in the title are, of course, feminists. If you consider yourself one or would like to this book is definitely worth a read. Probably even more so if you don't.

There was one thing that nagged at me as I was reading. This book was written in 2019. Before COVID, the 2020 election, the insurrection at the Capital. There's a lot of stuff about how Trump is terrible and enabling all sorts of evil stuff and the whole time I kept thinking to myself "sister, you have no idea..."

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  • Feminist theory
  • Popular culture, united states