Follows Winston's attempts to make sense of herself as she explores the role of the male gaze, what it means to be 'queer enough,' and how to overcome bi stereotypes when you're the posterchild for all of them: greedy, slutty, and constantly confused.
... fabulous ... The writing in Greedy is casual, self-deprecating and whip-smart (there are hints of Lindy West, Jia Tolentino and Kristen Arnett), and reading Winston’s essays is almost like scrolling through Twitter threads written by the funniest people on the app. That’s not to say it’s lacking substance. When they’re not 'diagnosing' benign versus malignant girl crushes, Winston writes candidly about substance abuse, sexual assault and police brutality in essays that come with content warnings, for the record ... For the most part, though, Winston finds humor in the messiness of grappling with one’s identity ... There’s a frequent assumption that queer media is only for queer people. Greedy is proof that it’s not. Even folks to whom heterosexuality comes naturally will relate to the awkwardness of first dates and bad sex and shifting power dynamics in relationships.
[Winston] recounts her dating life with plenty of self-deprecating humor and many knowing references to both pop culture and queer theory. Her lack of shame around kinky sex is refreshing, as in her account of learning shibari, the Japanese art of bondage, and content warnings at the start of two chapters flag instances of substance abuse, sexual assault, and police brutality ... A well-reasoned and entertaining affirmation of gender fluidity.
... sparkling ... In a series of essays, Winston viscerally describes the sense of being unmoored without language to describe herself and the difficult path to finding it, all with a breezy irreverence that will enamor her to fans of millennial essayists like Samantha Irby and Jia Tolentino. One of her greatest strengths is in pivoting from acerbic wit to earnest reflection ... Winston’s regular use of content warnings and Twitter handles may put off some readers, but those whose lives have been similarly shaped by social media will appreciate the roles these signifiers play in this story of searching for love by a writer to watch. In playfully queering the coming-of-age story, Winston has written something wholly original, and entirely delightful.