The Witches Are Coming

The Witches Are Coming

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"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 21st 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."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2019
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780316449885
Branch Call Number: 305.42 WES 2019
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 22 cm

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This is her callout for people to get up off their seats and make a difference in the world

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 bestse... Read More »


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JCLHelenH Nov 05, 2020

Lindy pens lots of gems like this one: "People love to watch viral videos in which one kindly fisherman saves one sea turtle from a snarl of trash; they are less passionate about electing politicians who will dismantle policies that entrench corporate power and allow companies to pump poison into the oceans and skies in order to shore up the immoral wealth of billionaires and further destabilize the lives of the poor who will remain locked in toil until the planet boils us all to death as Jeff Bezos waves good-bye from his private rocket."

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vickmeister
Sep 23, 2020

With a sharp, incisive wit, and breakneck narrative pace, the well-informed Lindy West tackles current topical issues head-on, as well as addressing notable and sometimes amusing hypocrisies within popular culture. In this collection of essays, West raises compelling points about emotionally-charged issues relating to women, while keeping the reader engaged with her strong, passionate voice. I had a few minor quibbles over details that I felt diminished some of her arguments (for example, she repeatedly shouts that No, Ted Bundy was NOT charismatic, he was a creep; which I think diminishes the powerful point that it was the fact that many did consider his behavior charismatic that made it so easy for him to lure women. And the reason Adam Sandler's character in "The Wedding Singer" is so angry at his former fiancee isn't because he hates women, it's because she humiliated him and left him at the altar. But yeah, I'll agree that many other Sandler movies do diminish women.) Overall I found the essays funny, sharp, and thought-provoking.

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lukasevansherman
Mar 20, 2020

"There is a witch hunt. We're witches. And we're hunting you."
Hey, durwinfoster (see below), misandry is not a real thing. It's like the Easter Bunny or reverse racism. And this book is the opposite of racist, unless you think you can be racist towards white people, in which case, no one can help you. After the massive success of "Shrill," which is now a Hulu show with Aidy Bryant, Lindy West went on to write columns for "The New York Times" and "The Guardian" and has emerged as a sharp and funny cultural critic. She's at her best when she moves from pop culture to politics and back again, whether it's discussing Adam Sandler films, Goop, reality shows, or Joan Rivers. Trump lingers over the book like a bad hangover. I'd also recommend books by Roxane Gay, Samantha Irby, and Anne Helen Petersen.

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durwinfoster
Mar 11, 2020

This author is misandric and racist, with her reference to "white male mediocrity" and should be opposed.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Feb 18, 2020

I really enjoyed this "me too" inspired collection of essays.

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rrludman
Jan 31, 2020

I listened to “Shrill” by Lindy West a few years ago, and I loved it. This book is much like her previous book, but more biting, because the stakes are higher. Instead of focusing on autobiographical essays, in the Witches Are Coming, West takes on the conservatives, Republicans, and white supremacists who are rising today. This book is darker, stinging, but very funny. West starts off by talking about real witch hunts and how the term has been used as a cry by politicians who feel they’ve been treated unfairly by being held accountable to their actions by such entities as the people, and a free press. “The Witches Are Coming” are essays about the world we live in, the world to come, and what to do about it. It’s kind of depressing because we shouldn’t have to have books like this denouncing climate change deniers and racists, but that’s where we are. I really liked this book and I thought the writing was smart and funny. ★★★★★ • Audiobook • Nonfiction - Essays • Published November 9, 2019. • Listened on Scribd. ◾︎

ArapahoeAshleyR Dec 18, 2019

This book is laugh-out-loud funny and quotable as heck. It made me ask myself: IS Adam Sandler actually funny? Does Gwyneth Paltrow really glow? Amongst other, probably more important, things.

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booknrrd
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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