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The On Being Project

Lindy West

Comedy Helps Us Love Our Bodies

“When everything feels horrible, what tiny detail can we seize on and laugh about.”

Writer Lindy West talks about being fat and being a feminist with an honesty and vulnerability infused with humor. Titles of her essays and books — “My wedding was perfect — and I was fat as hell the whole time” or Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman — get at both the laughter and pain of her journey to body positivity, with poignant insights into the destructive power of comedy.

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    Lindy West

    is a columnist at The Guardian, a contributor to This American Life, and the author of Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman. Her work has appeared The New York Times, GQ, Jezebel, and The Stranger.