The Weight Of It

If this is a trend, then it’s certainly a long overdue one:

Poets and writers are awakening to the notion that the man-versus-fat story encompasses all the original struggles of man – against others who loathe him, a God who seems to doom him and, perhaps especially, against the self that fails, despairs and, occasionally, wins. What better story can be told?

I don’t know about “better” story, but that’s certainly a good story that should have long been told, and a lot of people are doing just that. Beside Jen Weiner‘s Good In Bed, the article mentions Donna Jarrell and Ira Sukrungruang’s collection What Are You Looking At (which features writing by the likes of Junot Diaz) and a bunch of other memoirs and fiction due to hit shelves soon.