Posts Tagged: Mallory Ortberg

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. ...more

(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.

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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. ...more

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 in touch with her about it?

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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.

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Get A Little Less Precious

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Mallory Ortberg, founder of The Toast and general source of hilarity and wit, talks to the Guardian about her just-released book Texts from Jane Eyre, creating a humorous website for intelligent women, and why you shouldn’t strive for perfection when writing online:

It helps to get a little less precious about your writing and realise “Hey, I can write something and it’s not great, and I’ll live.” People will move on, and the internet is a constant wave of content.

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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 women-adjacent issues.” (Their about page also claims the site “is not haunted,” but then why does its name rhyme with “ghost,” hmm?)

Cliffe and Ortberg are both brainy, hilarious writers, and we’re sure the things they publish will be just as delightful as their own work.

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