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Although Daniel Mallory Ortberg has been the voice and pen behind Slate’s “Dear Prudence” column since late 2015, Ortberg’s new book will be more familiar to fans of The Toast, a feminist satire website he co-founded. Within the pages of this book you will find an episode of House Hunters that wouldn’t be out of place in The Twilight Zone, several Christian parables, and an extremely close reading of William Shatner’s cameo on Columbo. The true heart of this book, though, is Ortberg’s thoughts on transition and his own complicated relationship to masculinity, rounding out this funny, sad, and at times revelatory book.

Something That May Shock and Discredit You Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982105211
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Atria Books - February 11th, 2020

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I am convinced that a thousand years from now, once human civilization has recovered from its impending doom, some future citizen of the world will discover this tome, marvel at its heft and gilded pages, show it to their peers, and declare that they have found one of the more significant finds in literary archaeology. This book is an anthology chronicling the first twenty-one years of the seminal humor website, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and it is no exaggeration when I say that reading this book is an enterprise in hilarity and a balm for our troubled times.

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By Chris Monks (Editor), Sam Riley (Editor), Jake Tapper (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781944211721
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Published: McSweeney's - November 5th, 2019

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Bob Mankoff, cartoon and humor editor for Esquire, former New Yorker cartoon editor, and author of the memoir How About Never—Is Never Good For You?, introduces this collection of his favorite Jewish cartoons, Have I Got a Cartoon for You! (MomentBooks, $19.95), by quipping that the People of the Book are also “the People of the Joke.” Exploring how Jewish humorists have drawn on traditions such us Talmudic disputation for material, Mankoff surveys the long tradition of Jewish humor and the cartoon’s place in it and refl ects on how his own Jewish heritage—which included early experiences of Borscht Belt comedians like Jerry Lewis and Buddy Hackett—shaped his career as a cartoonist.

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By Bob Mankoff (Editor), Roz Chast (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781942134596
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Published: Mandel Vilar Press - September 17th, 2019