Meaty makes for difficult reading. I winced every time Irby referred to her body as “meat” or a “meat carcass”. But she is unapologetic about it, and rightly so. At one point, after sharing the entire pilot episode for her imaginary TV show, she says: “I want to put a fat bitch on network television.” The TV rights to the book have of course been sold. And anyone who tries to introduce assholes to the Instagram generation should be saluted.
Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane
"as Karen Jones sets out dismayingly early in her book, the only things that the real-life ‘Calamity Jane’ can with confidence be said to have in common with her legend is that she wore trousers, swore like a navvy and was pissed all the time..."
— The Spectator