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Writer Lindy West on Confronting Her Internet Troll and Reclaiming the Word ‘Fat’

(Above: Lindy West is the author of “Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman.” Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media) We all know the anonymity of the Internet can often bring out the worst in people. But what if you had to face someone who’s harassed you online – in person? That’s what happened to writer Lindy West. […]

Lindy West - Shrill

(Above: Lindy West is the author of “Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman.” Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)

Shrill - Lindy West - Book CoverWe all know the anonymity of the Internet can often bring out the worst in people. But what if you had to face someone who’s harassed you online – in person? That’s what happened to writer Lindy West.

West’s work often focuses on topics of body image and women’s issues. And both often make her the target of Internet trolls — people who take to social media to harass her.

But one troll was different. He took his Internet hate to a whole new level — but then did something else remarkable: he apologized. And West turned that experience into an article and then a segment for public radio’s This American Life.

Lindy West was recently (March 15, 2017) at Houston’s Brazos Bookstore to read from her book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, which just came out in paperback. While she was here, she talked with Michael Hagerty about confronting her Internet troll and about why she wants to reclaim the word “fat.”

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