Once upon a time, Lindy West was the film critic for our sister paper in Seattle, The Stranger, and we often took the opportunity to run her hilarious, smart writing in the Mercury, too. Now she's a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and the author of an excellent memoir, Shrill (read the Mercury's review).

In fact, Shrill is so excellent that it's being turned into a Hulu TV series by Lorne Michaels and SNL actor Aidy Bryant. From the Hollywood Reporter:

[Aidy] Bryant is set to star in the single-camera comedy, which is in development. The Hulu take is described as the story of a fat young woman who wants to change her life, but not her body. West, Ali Rushfield and Saturday Night Live repertory player Bryant penned the teleplay and crafted the story. The comedy hails from [Lorne] Michaels' Broadway Video banner and it is being produced outside of his longtime home at Universal Television. The company's Andrew Singer will exec produce. Elizabeth Banks' and Max Handelman's Brownstone Productions banner is also on board to exec produce the comedy via their pod deal at Warner Bros. Television. Banks originally optioned Shrill for television in December 2016.
This is really good news for television in general, as West's terrific writing is bound to make for a hilarious, wise, must-watch series. If you don't believe me, read West's 2009 piece "The Different Kinds of People That There Are" (if you haven't already), then take a stroll through our author archives for all of the great stuff of hers that we poached from The Stranger over the years. Then set your DVRs to... wait, how does Hulu work again? Anyway, get ready for Shrill.