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Loud quiet loud: Shrill author Lindy West finds her voice

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Feb 24, 2017

Debbie Cuthbertson
FEBRUARY 23 2017

Lindy West is anything but shrill.

The American feminist, activist, comedian and columnist is soft-spoken, exceedingly polite and seems almost shy when we speak by phone ahead of her Australian tour.

Yet the Seattle writer has very much found her voice in her debut book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman.

Even so, she seems tentative to ascribe a particular genre to it.

"I think of it as a memoir," she says. "I was nervous about the word at first, because it seemed so presumptuous. I didn't really understand what it meant. What makes this 34-year-old person qualified to write a memoir? But it's things that are about [my] life. It is also a collection of essays.

"It's definitely a reflection of who I am right now. As a fat woman, a woman in comedy, as a feminist; the way that society sees me."

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