The Witches Are Coming



The Witches Are Coming Named one of Esquire s most anticipated books of 2019 The firebrand New York Times columnist and bestselling author of Shrill soon to be a Hulu series starring Aidy Bryant provides a brilliant and incisive look at how patriarchy, intolerance, and misogyny have conquered not just politics but American culture itself What do Adam Sandler, Donald Trump, and South Park have in common Why are myths like reverse sexism and political correctness so seductive And why do movie classics of yore, from Sixteen Candles to Revenge of the Nerds, make rape look like so much silly fun With Lindy West s signature wit and in her uniquely incendiary voice, The Witches are Coming lays out a grand theory of America that explains why Trump s election was, in many ways, a foregone conclusion As West reveals through fascinating journeys across the landscapes of pop culture, the lies that fostered the catastrophic resentment that boiled over in the 2016 presidential race did not spring from a vacuum They have in fact been woven into America s DNA, cultivated by generations of mediocre white men and fed to the masses with such fury that we have become unable to recognize them as lies at all Whether it be the notion overheard since the earliest moments of the MeToo movement that feminism has gone too far or the insistence that holding someone accountable for his actions amounts to a witch hunt, The Witches are Coming exposes the lies that many have chosen to believe and the often unexpected figures who have furthered them Along the way, it unravels the tightening link between culture and politics, identifying in the memes, music, and movies we ve loved the seeds of the neoreactionary movement now surging through the nation Sprawling, funny, scorching, and illuminating, The Witches are Coming shows West at the top of her intellectual and comic powers As much a celebration of America s potential as a condemnation of our failures, some will call it a witch hunt to which West would reply, So be it I m a witch and I m hunting you. New Read [ The Witches Are Coming ] By [ Lindy West ] – therehabboutique.co.uk

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  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages
  • The Witches Are Coming
  • Lindy West
  • English
  • 18 January 2017
  • 0316449881

14 thoughts on “The Witches Are Coming

  1. Amir Talai says:

    I am reviewing this because I like being first at stuff and Lindy is awesome.

  2. Bon says:

    Thank you, Netgalley, for an advanced copy for review I have been reading a ton of feminist literature recently and they were starting to blend together, so I took this nice and slow This book was fantastic, taking a place for me among the recent feminist literary giants like Feminasty or Good and Mad of the past year or so Surprisingly, I hadn t heard of Lindy or her social media storm and other happenings of the past few years, so I went in unbiased, and I was glad for it Firstly, this bo Thank you, Netgalley, for an advanced copy for review I have been reading a ton of feminist literature recently and they were starting to blend together, so I took this nice and slow This book was fantastic, taking a place for me among the recent feminist literary giants like Feminasty or Good and Mad of the past year or so Surprisingly, I hadn t heard of Lindy or her social media storm and other happenings of the past few years, so I went in unbiased, and I was glad for it Firstly, this book is quotable as heck For the sake of this being an advanced copy I read, I think I m not allowed to quote anything, but consider it sufficient to say I want to just print this book on a scroll, walk to public areas, unravel it across the pavement and get up on a soapbox to read it aloud It s great Any chapter would make an excellent oration in fact, the audiobook version, if being made, will probably be fantastic, just like Feminasty was som...

  3. Lauren says:

    This was goddamn incredible a fantastic, funny, insightful clapback of a book I sometimes incorporate my favorite quotes from a work in a review, but if I did that with The Witches Are Coming, I d be copying and pasting the whole book This was my first read from Lindy West, and I was astounded at how much I love her writing She discusses serious issues here, the most pressing and infuriating issues of our moment, but couches them in brilliant and funny entryways to make them accessible and inarguable to a This was goddamn incredible a fantastic, funny, insightful clapback of a book I sometimes incorporate my favorite quotes from a work in a review, but if I did that with The Witches Are Coming, I d be copying and pasting the whole book This was my first read from Lindy West, and I was astounded at how much I love her writing She discusses serious issues here, the most pressing and infuriating issues of our moment, but couches them in brilliant and funny entryways to make them accessible and inarguable to anyone If your politics are even 20% similar to West, you will be snapping along so hard your fingers will fall off She discusses how America is intensely allergic to acknowledging when things are wrong through the story of Grumpy Cat s real name or C...

  4. Mara says:

    4 4.5 stars It hadn t really occurred to me before reading this book, but Lindy West is a critic uniquely suited to reflecting on our current cultural and political moment Long before the madness of the 2016 election cycle, she built a career on dealing with and reflecting on internet trolls, and in this collection, she does a wonderful job connecting that cycle of bad faith arguments and impotent rage to pop culture and politics as we currently see them This book was full of beautifully dist 4 4.5 stars It hadn t really occurred to me before reading this book, but Lindy West is a critic uniquely suited to reflecting on our current cultural and political moment Long before the madness of the 2016 election cycle, she built a career on dealing with and reflecting on internet trolls, and in this collection, she does a wonderful job connecting that cycle of bad faith arguments and impotent rage to pop culture ...

  5. Amy Imogene Reads says:

    This is such a beautiful ARC I m excited to read this necessary work Thank you to Hachette for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  6. Elle Rudy says:

    This is a witch hunt We re witches, and we re hunting you God, I missed Lindy West I mean, she didn t go anywhere and I read Shrill only two months ago and I still haven t seen the show and she s written pieces for a dozen or so other media outlets, but I still miiiiiiissed her While Shrill Notes from a Loud Woman was a lot of West s own personal life, growth and realizations, The Witches Are Coming examines societal shiftsholistically and offers a ruthlessly necessary cultural critiquThis is a witch hunt We re witches, and we re hunting you God, I missed Lindy West I mean, she didn t go anywhere and I read Shrill only two months ago and I still haven t seen the show and she s written pieces for a dozen or so other media outlets, but I still miiiiiiissed her While Shrill Notes from a Loud Woman was a lot of West s own personal life, growth and realizations, The Witches Are Coming examines societal shiftsholistically and offers a ruthlessly necessary cultural critique If her previous book was in part a crash course on the history of the internet up through the first half of 2016, we re now...

  7. Racheal says:

    3.5 stars I m a bit conflicted on this one but I can t bring myself to rate it less than 4 stars because a I love Lindy West and want her to succeed b I enjoyed parts of this immensely there were moments that made me think, moments that made me feel I got teary eyed over Guy Fieri for gods sakes West writes in this way that is so chatty and fun and easy to read that I kept having these little fissures of shock every time I remembered that, oh yeah, she s also really fucken smart.So why, t 3.5 stars I m a bit conflicted on this one but I can t bring myself to rate it less than 4 stars because a I love Lindy West and want her to succeed b I enjoyed parts of this immensely there were moments that made me think, moments that made me feel I got teary eyed over Guy Fieri for gods sakes West writes in this way that is so chatty and fun and easy to read that I kept having these little fissures of shock every time I remembered that, oh yeah, she s also really fucken smart.So why, then, did this not totally rock my world Why did I find myself wanting to skim through chunks of it I think that for me a lot of it felt like a retread Maybe it s that I ve done a lotreading on various feminist social issues in the last 3 years since I read...

  8. Jillian says:

    Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review I ve enjoyed Lindy West s writing since I used to read Jezebel regularly and I liked Shrill This book of essays was pretty good, and had some ...

  9. Kelly Hager says:

    This book feels incredibly timely It could ve been literally written last week, what with Lindy West mentioning the limitations of kindness as a political device and Greta Thunberg Is she a literal witch or has she just been paying better attention than the rest of us Is it both They re probably not mutually exclusive I laughed out loud multiple times and I also sighedthan once I highlighted parts of my egalley and shared them on my Facebook and shared some via text to This book feels incredibly timely It could ve been literally written last week, what with Lindy West mentioning the limitations of kindness as a political device and Greta Thunberg Is she a literal witch or has she just been paying better attention than the rest of us Is it both They re probably not mutually exclusive I laughed out loud multiple times and I also sighedthan once I highlighted parts of my egalley and shared them on my Facebook and shared some via text to some of my favorite people This is the book we need right now Yes, parts made me angry, but most of it gave me hope I feel like we re all deali...

  10. Liadan says:

    This book both made me laugh at loud, and made me furiously angry Not at Lindy West, though at the people and institutions she calls out in this book If you didn t pick up Shrill or aren t familiar with her essays, let me tell you that West is a brilliant writer The kind that can galvanize you for a cause and make you laugh until you cry within the same five pages I was incredibly excited to see that I d won an advance copy of this book, and I was not at all disappointed An excellent read This book both made me laugh at loud, and made me furiously angry Not at Lindy West, though at the people and institutions she calls out in this book If you didn t pick up Shrill or aren t familiar with her essays, let me tell you that West is a brilliant writer The kind that can galvanize you for a cause and make you laugh until you cry within the same five pages I was incredibly excited to see that I d won an advance copy of this book, and I wa...

  11. Elizabeth says:

    God, Lindy doesn t fuck around Absolutely riveting read, deep honesty, and a TON of smart connections, themes, precedents that I hadn t connected in this way before all those little things that you know some part of yourself d...

  12. Elizabeth Mellen says:

    I loved Shrill, so when I saw this was coming, I knew I had to read it I love Lindy s voice, her humor makes some of these upsetting topics easier to read about, and she s accessible, nothing overly complicated or hard to follow Reading this got meexcited to watch her show, and I ...

  13. Morgan Schulman says:

    I received an advanced reader s copy in exchange for an honest review This is the freshest feminist pop culture book I ve read in a long thing The genre basically died out into thousand and eight due to being overworked to death, but West s book fills in a lot of the gap s in a very considerate way that is also very entertaining I ve been reading 3rd 4th Wave feminist books for the past 25 years and I don t see much that I haven t read before, but this one was special and I recommend it to bot I received an advanced reader s copy in exchange for an honest review This is the freshest feminist pop culture book I ve read in a long thing The genre basically died out into thousand and eight due to being overworked to death, but West s book fills in a lot of the gap s in a very considerate way that is also very entertaining I ve been readin...

  14. Jamie Canaves says:

    Lindy West at her best including her essay Ted Bundy Was Not Charming Are You High and everything I needed to read, hear, digest, and think about right now from Book Riot s Unusual Suspects newsletter

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