“I’ve followed Daniel Lavery since the early days of The Toast and he has NEVER disappointed. He’s produced years on years of content that defies genre, running the gamut from terrifying (“Curious George Made Horrific” is life-changing) to gut-bustingly funny.
This memoir, if you can call it that — it’s a series of musings, a collection of writings and cultural observations — is no exception. “Something That May Shock And Discredit You” is named from a Simpsons quote, deservedly so: like The Simpsons this book is an immediate classic. Lavery discusses transitioning and fear, religion and regret…. along with Columbo, Apollo, classic literature, HGTV, The Golden Girls, Arthurian mythos, and so much more. It sounds totally random, but the result is a touching work about the transmasc experience, religion, and the absurdity of life. To put it simply, Daniel Lavery really gets it.”
From the New York Times bestselling author of Texts From Jane Eyre and Merry Spinster, writer of Slate’s “Dear Prudence” column, and cofounder of The Toast comes a hilarious and stirring collection of essays and cultural observations spanning pop culture—from the endearingly popular to the staggeringly obscure.
Daniel M. Lavery is known for blending genres, forms, and sources to develop fascinating new hybrids—from lyric rants to horror recipes to pornographic scripture. In his most personal work to date, he turns his attention to the essay, offering vigorous and laugh-out-loud funny accounts of both popular and highbrow culture while mixing in meditations on gender transition, family dynamics, and the many meanings of faith.
From a thoughtful analysis of the beauty of William Shatner to a sinister reimagining of HGTV’s House Hunters, and featuring figures as varied as Anne of Green Gables, Columbo, Nora Ephron, Apollo, and the cast of Mean Girls, Something That May Shock and Discredit You is a hilarious and emotionally exhilarating compendium that combines personal history with cultural history to make you see yourself and those around you entirely anew. It further establishes Lavery as one of the most innovative and engaging voices of his generation—and it may just change the way you think about Lord Byron forever.