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 […]
In a blow to nerdy librarians everywhere, The Toast is closing. And what does the closing of The Toast mean for online community? How social media changes the fame game. Archiving content on nickel plate. When websites manipulate you.
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 […]
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 […]
WOMAN: Peekabo! I see you! Peekaboo! I see you! BABY DERRIDA: How can another see into me, into my most secret self, without my being able to see in there myself? Over at The Toast, Mallory Ortberg has another entry, this time on Jacques Derrida, in “How to Talk to Babies,” a series of humorous satires […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Over at The Toast, Mallory Ortberg asks the very important question, what if we talked about architecture the way we do about writing. We’re obviously fond of the above selection, but there’s lots of funny to be had there.
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 […]