Posts Tagged: Mallory Ortberg

Just Doing It: A Conversation with Mallory Ortberg

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Mallory Ortberg discusses their new book, The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror, what it means to be a self-taught writer, and questioning gender.

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Notable Los Angeles: 3/5–3/11

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Literary events and reading in and around L.A. this week!

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What to Read When 2018 Is Just Around the Corner

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While we can’t promise that 2018 won’t find us facing more political upheaval, we can assure you that there will be great literature to offer moments of escape and inspiration.

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Lady Killers and Our Obsession with Murder: Talking with Tori Telfer

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Tori Telfer discusses her first book Lady Killers and the fragile “social saran wrap” that keeps us all from killing each other.

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Keeping It Real

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Sometimes God needs to cut the crap and level with his devotees. As we enter the final week of regular posts at The Toast, Mallory Ortberg has given us an updated translation of such moments: But you, son of man, can I just be honest with you for a minute? Do not be rebellious like that rebellious […]

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(Attractive) Debut Novelists Earn Millions

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Emma Cline received $2m advance for The Girls, due out in June, which puts her near the top of a growing list of first-time writers with advances in the millions. Last year, City on Fire earned Garth Risk Hallberg a $2m advance. The allure of debut novelists isn’t always an economic issue: Given the amount of […]

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The Faces of The Face on the Milk Carton

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The YA novel The Face on The Milk Carton has marked a thrilling yet disturbing rite of passage for many young readers over the past 25 years, iconic right down to its simple, haunting cover—which many of those readers could easily conjure from memory. Mallory Ortberg, literary comedian and maestro of The Toast, was one […]

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The Bro-ification of Beowulf

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BEOWULF: yeah actually I once held my breath for like a million hours it was crazy my friends weren’t even worried because I fight guys underwater like all the time Over at The Toast, Mallory Ortberg re-imagines the classic literary hero Beowulf in all the trappings and dirtbag swagger of a bro.

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The Saturday Rumpus Interview: Ijeoma Oluo

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Ijeoma Oluo discusses feminism, coloring, badass women, and being a troller of trolls.

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Questioning Harper Lee’s Editor Answers

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Here’s an author who has staunchly refused interviews and publicity since 1960, who hasn’t breathed a word about her interest in publishing another book to either family or friends, but who is suddenly fine with releasing her decades-old Mockingbird prequel, despite the fact that it doesn’t sound like anyone at her publisher has actually been […]

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Real Life Sci-Fi?

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Over at The Toast, Mallory Ortberg gives us a compendium of signs that you’re stuck in a soft sci-fi novel. Among the more notable signifiers: You live in a world where robots masturbate, for some reason. The ship’s doctor has a drinking problem. You’re going to have to go through the asteroid belt you’d hoped to avoid […]

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If Scarlett O’Hara had a Cell Phone

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For NPR, Neda Ulaby sits down with Mallory Ortberg to talk about Texts from Jane Eyre, Ortberg’s new book that speculates what literature’s best-known characters might text if they owned cell phones. “I just immediately thought, ‘Oh God, Scarlett O’Hara with a cell phone would be horrifying,’” Ortberg says, clearly as amused as she was horrified. “And it was […]

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Raise Your Glass to The Toast

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Here’s a new website you’ll definitely want to add to your favorite Google Reader substitute. The Toast, started by Hairpin alums Nicole Cliffe and Mallory Ortberg, is “a daily blog that publishes features on everything from literary characters that never were to female pickpockets of Gold Rush-era San Francisco,” with an emphasis on “women and […]

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