[PDF] Something That May Shock and Discredit You Author Daniel Mallory Ortberg

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From the writer of Slate’s “Dear Prudence” column comes a witty and clever collection of essays and cultural observations spanning pop culture from the endearingly popular to the staggeringly obscureSometimes you just have to yell New York Times bestselling author of Texts from Jane Eyre Danie. A fast paced collection of personal essays about trans identity Something That May Shock and Discredit You approaches the process of transitioning through the lenses of pop culture and religion Ortberg alternately draws upon his love of television and film and his evangelical upbringing in considering what it means to transition from cis womanhood to trans manhood Sporadically interspersed among the many humor pieces are thought provoking insights into transitioning

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E high to low brow From a thoughtful analysis on the beauty of William Shatner to a sinister reimagining of HGTV’s House Hunters Something 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 seriousl. Uneven but I d love to read the Golden Girls essay over and over

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L M Lavery publishing as Daniel Mallory Ortberg has mastered the art of “poetic yelling” a genre surely familiar to fans of his cult favorite website The ToastIn this irreverent essay collection Ortberg expands on this concept with in depth and hilarious studies of all things pop culture from th. If you ever read the late lamented website The Toast then you re familiar with Daniel Lavery s love of literary parody If you weren t familiar with that site then this collection of essays will seem even all over the map than they already are Don t get me wrong I mostly enjoyed this book But it is very very uneven and I ll confess that I skimmed a number of literarily inspired essays where I wasn t familiar with the source material and didn t feel that I was grasping whatever they were trying to say because I couldn t see the inspiration or satire On the other hand a good number of essays are about Daniel s realization in his late 20 s that he isn t a cis woman but is actually a transman his resistance to that realization and his eventual embracing of it from starting T to finally using a men s bathroom Those essays are written with a wry humor that almost manages to hide the pain and struggle but also effectively highlights the difficulty of making that choice and really committing to a completely different future than the one he d spent his life anticipating They re brilliant and insightful and I found them completely relatable even though I m pretty cis My favorite was the aspirational When I Have Abs This book is probably going to be most appreciated by people who are trans But I would recommend it if you know anyone who is trans or if you re interested in understanding trans experience I really hope Daniel writes another book after he s been socially male for a few years to follow up on these getting there experiences He has a great voice and a very entertaining mind and I would love to spend time inside his head and his world


10 thoughts on “Something That May Shock and Discredit You

  1. says:

    what a gift Daniel Ortberg is

  2. says:

    A fast paced collection of personal essays about trans identity Something That May Shock and Discredit You approaches the process of transitioning through the lenses of pop culture and religion Ortberg alternately draws upon his love of television and film and his evangelical upbringing in considering what it means to transition from cis womanhood to trans manhood Sporadically interspersed among the many humor

  3. says:

    I think this might be the best trans or trans adjacent as Daniel Lavery would probably prefer book I've ever read? It brims with thoughtfulness with joy and with life As always I think I am not as in love with the classics as the author but I enjoyed watching him discover anew what he loved in them with the new knowledge that comes from transition And there are certain chapters that are heart rending and beaut

  4. says:

    If you ever read the late lamented website The Toast then you’re familiar with Daniel Lavery’s love of literary parody If you weren’t familiar with that site then this collection of essays will seem even all over the map than

  5. says:

    If you are new to Lavery's writing you will find this book either very confusing or immediately and absolutely your shit I don't know if there's much inbetween If you were a reader of The Toast RIP you probably know to expect a whole lot of very specific revamps of old and new stories and pieces of pop culture The book's interludes have lo

  6. says:

    The thing that probably fascinates me most about this book as a book is trying to categorize it's genre I think I would land on a theological exploration of gender told through personal essays and literary pastiche? Which yeah I haven't read anything uite in that genre before That said the polyphonic uality completely worked for me I felt like I really learned something about the lived experience of someone different than myself thematical

  7. says:

    To say this reinvents the entire trans memoir genre would be to completely undersell Daniel Mallory Lavery's Something That May Shock and Discredit You Rather than a straight forward transition account full of its attendant clichés I have always known why when I was a child I was troubling gender the likes of

  8. says:

    Uneven but I'd love to read the Golden Girls essay over and over

  9. says:

    “I often described my sudden shift in self awareness as feeling as if a demon had entered my room in the middle of the night startled me awake by whispering ‘What if you were a man sort of?’ into my ear then slithered out the window before I could ask any follow up uestions” This would honestly be five stars except for a handful of essaysinterludes that were too experimental and obscure for me to get anything out of themI’m going

  10. says:

    I feel like Daniel Ortberg now Lavery's stuff can be pretty hit or miss with me and that's fine I think his idea

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