Something That May Shock And Discredit You by Daniel Mallory Ortberg


From the New York Times bestselling author of Texts from Jane Eyre, co-founder of The Toast, and writer of Slate’s “Dear Prudence” column, an intelligent and hilarious essay collection of cultural observations ranging about popular culture – from the endearingly popular to the confoundingly obscure.

Sometimes you just have to yell; Ortberg has mastered the art of “poetic yelling,” a genre surely familiar to fans of his cult-favorite website The Toast. In this irreverent essay collection, Ortberg expands on this concept with in-depth and hilarious studies of all things pop culture, from the high to low brow. From a thoughtful analysis on the beauty of William Shatner to a sinister reimagining of HGTV’s House HuntersSomething That May Shock and Discredit You is a laugh-out-loud funny and whip-smart collection for those who don’t take anything-including themselves-much too seriously. Some chapter titles include: “Poems Should Be about Your Friend at Oxford Who Drowned,” “I Think Seagulls are Probably Pigeons’ Shift Supervisors,” “Something Nice Happens to Oedipus,” and “No One Understands Henry VIII Like I Do.”

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Our Bookseller says:

I’ve followed Daniel Lavery since the early days of The Toast and it’s one of the best gifts I’ve ever given myself. 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. – Terry

Something That May Shock And Discredit You by Daniel Mallory Ortberg