Daniel M. Lavery

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Daniel M. Lavery
Daniel Mallory Ortberg1.jpeg
Born (1986-11-28) November 28, 1986 (age 34)
OccupationWriter
NationalityAmerican
EducationAzusa Pacific
Period21st century
GenreSatire
Short fiction
Advice
Notable worksThe Toast
Texts from Jane Eyre
The Merry Spinster
Something That May Shock and Discredit You
SpouseGrace Lavery
RelativesJohn Ortberg (father)
Website
www.shatnerchatner.com

Daniel M. Lavery[1][2] (born November 28, 1986)[3] is an American author and editor. He is known for having co-founded the website The Toast, and written the books Texts from Jane Eyre (2014), The Merry Spinster (2018), and Something That May Shock and Discredit You (2020). He currently writes Slate's "Dear Prudence" advice column and hosts a podcast by the same name.

Early life[edit]

Born Mallory Ortberg, Lavery grew up in northern Illinois and then San Francisco,[4] one of three children of the evangelical Christian author and former Menlo Church pastor John Ortberg and Nancy Ortberg, who is also a pastor and the CEO of Transforming the Bay with Christ.[5][6] He attended Azusa Pacific University,[7] a private, evangelical Christian university in California. While a student, Lavery appeared on Jeopardy!, Show #5816 of Monday, December 21, 2009, and finished in third place.[8][9]

Writing[edit]

Influences[edit]

Lavery has credited the work of Shirley Jackson and her novel We Have Always Lived in the Castle, in particular, and John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress as influential.[10]

Career overview[edit]

Lavery wrote for Gawker and The Hairpin.[11][12] Through this work he met Nicole Cliffe, with whom he operated The Toast, a feminist general interest web site,[13] from July 2013 to July 2016.[5]

He was included in the 2015 Forbes "30 under 30" list in the media category.[14] On November 9, 2015, Slate announced he would take over the magazine's "Dear Prudence" advice column from Emily Yoffe.[15]

In 2017, he launched Shatner Chatner, a paid e-mail newsletter on Substack.[16][17] In 2021 Lavery received a $430,000 advance to write for Substack. He will stop writing the advice column for Slate in May 2021.[18]

Books[edit]

Texts from Jane Eyre[edit]

Lavery's first book, Texts from Jane Eyre, was released in November 2014[19][20] and became a New York Times bestseller.[21] The book was based on a column he wrote first at The Hairpin, then continued at The Toast,[11] which imagines well-known literary characters exchanging text messages. The premise was inspired by a comments section thread on a piece Cliffe had written for The Awl; on Cliffe's review of Gone With the Wind, a commenter wrote that their experience in the South was nearly identical to the novel "except everybody has cellphones". This prompted him to imagine how Scarlett O'Hara might have used a cell phone.[22]

The Merry Spinster[edit]

A short story collection,The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror (Henry Holt, 2018), appeared in 2018.[23][24] The book, his second release, was highly anticipated, with Publishers Weekly, Bustle, The A.V. Club and InStyle Australia included in their lists of forthcoming titles in 2018.[25][26][27][28] The Merry Spinsters reinvents fairy tales such as Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast; in the Los Angeles Times, Agatha French described his renderings as making the "stories both weirder and yet somehow more familiar".[10]

Something That May Shock and Discredit You[edit]

Lavery's third book, a memoir entitled, Something That May Shock and Discredit You, was published in February 2020 by Simon & Schuster.[29] It was originally published as individual essays.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Lavery identifies as queer.[5] In February 2018, he spoke to Autostraddle about the process of gender transitioning while writing The Merry Spinster.[31] In March 2018, he was interviewed by Heather Havrilesky in New York magazine's The Cut about coming out as trans.[32]

In November 2018, he and partner Grace Lavery, an associate professor of English at UC Berkeley[33][34] and "the most followed transgender scholar in the world on social media" including Twitter and Instagram,[35][36] announced their intention to marry.[37] They were married on December 22, 2019.[38][39]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chatner, The Shatner. "A Halloween Compendium From The DMO-L Archives". www.shatnerchatner.com.
  2. ^ @evilmallelis (March 12, 2018). "ok @CharoShane and I talked about breakfast and it was very exciting to 1. talk about breakfast and 2. bust out a sneak preview of the new name & shiny pronouns". Twitter. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  3. ^ @evilmallelis (November 28, 2017). "IT IS MY THIRTY-FIRST BIRTHDAY AND I AM HAPPY". Twitter. Archived from the original on February 15, 2021. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  4. ^ Ortberg, Mallory. "Have You Heard the One About the Religious Woman Who Stops Being Religious in College?". Gawker. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Scoles, Sarah (June 13, 2017). "Mallory Ortberg's Internet". Motherboard. Archived from the original on February 15, 2021. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  6. ^ Anugrah, Kumar (May 13, 2013). "Motherhood a 'Two-way Street' Former Willow Creek Pastor Shares". The Christian Post. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  7. ^ "The Art of Commerce: Episode XXX: 'I wouldn't want to reassure my past self. "Keep panicking".'". 0s&1s. September 29, 2015. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "J! Archive - Show #5816, aired 2009-12-21". www.j-archive.com. Retrieved May 6, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "J! Archive - Mallory Ortberg". www.j-archive.com. Retrieved May 6, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ a b French, Agatha (March 8, 2018). "Mallory Ortberg on the remixed fairy tales of her new book 'The Merry Spinster'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 15, 2021. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Galo, Sarah (November 3, 2014). "Mallory Ortberg: 'If men show up that's great, but we don't need them'". The Guardian. Retrieved November 11, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Kott, Lidia Jean. "Mallory Ortberg And Her (Small) Media Empire". The Huffington Post. Retrieved November 11, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ Lange, Maggie (October 30, 2014). "Mallory Ortberg on the Great Jerks of Literature". New York Magazine. Archived from the original on February 15, 2021. Retrieved November 11, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "2015 30 under 30: Media". Archived from the original on February 15, 2021. Retrieved January 31, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ Turner, Julia (November 9, 2015). "Meet Our New Dear Prudence Columnist". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  16. ^ Guthrie Weissman, Cale (December 1, 2017). "The Toast's Mallory Ortberg Is Bringing Her Beloved Content Back–For A Price". Fast Company. Retrieved January 12, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ Benton, Joshua (December 1, 2017). "Stratechery, but for jokes about Frasier: Mallory Ortberg tries the paid newsletter route". Nieman Lab. Archived from the original on February 15, 2021. Retrieved January 12, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ Smith, Ben (April 11, 2021). "Why We're Freaking Out About Substack". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 13, 2021.
  19. ^ Ulaby, Neda (November 10, 2014). "If Literature's Great Characters Could Text, They'd Charm Your Pantalets Off". NPR. Archived from the original on February 15, 2021. Retrieved November 11, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ Busis, Hillary. "Breaking Big: Mallory Ortberg, author of 'Texts from Jane Eyre'". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on February 15, 2021. Retrieved November 11, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  21. ^ "Best Sellers, December 2014". New York Times. December 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  22. ^ Cohen, Rebecca (November 8, 2014). "If Scarlett O'Hara could sext". Mother Jones. Archived from the original on February 15, 2021. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  23. ^ "Kirkus Star THE MERRY SPINSTER by Mallory Ortberg". Kirkus Reviews. November 28, 2017. Archived from the original on February 15, 2021. Retrieved February 8, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  24. ^ "Fiction Book Review: The Merry Spinster by Mallory Ortberg. Holt, $17 trade paper (208p) ISBN 978-1-250-11342-9". Publishers Weekly. November 20, 2017. Archived from the original on February 15, 2021. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  25. ^ "The Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2018". Publishers Weekly. January 23, 2018. Archived from the original on February 15, 2021. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  26. ^ Ragsdale, Melissa. "12 Books Every Harry Potter Fan NEEDS To Read In 2018". Bustle. Archived from the original on February 15, 2021. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  27. ^ PenzeyMoog, Caitlin; Adamczyk, Laura (January 4, 2018). "The 10 books we can't wait to read in 2018". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on February 15, 2021. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  28. ^ Burke, Tina (March 2018). "8 Books You Absolutely Have To Read This Month". InStyle Australia. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  29. ^ Canfield, David (July 2, 2019). "Exclusive preview: Daniel Mallory Ortberg returns with new memoir-in-essays". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on February 15, 2021. Retrieved July 3, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  30. ^ Grady, Constance (February 21, 2020). "No writer does "weirdly specific yet relatable" better than Daniel Mallory Ortberg". Vox. Archived from the original on February 15, 2021. Retrieved October 14, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  31. ^ "Mal Ortberg's Creepy New Book is Coming Out and Mal Is Too". Autostraddle. February 28, 2018. Archived from the original on February 15, 2021. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  32. ^ Havrilesky, Heather (March 13, 2018). "'Mallory Is Not Gone': Daniel Mallory Ortberg on Coming Out As Trans". The Cut. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  33. ^ "UC Berkeley Department of English". english.berkeley.edu. Archived from the original on February 15, 2021. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  34. ^ Lavery, Grace. "this transsexual got tenure, baby!!!". Twitter. Archived from the original on February 15, 2021. Retrieved April 19, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  35. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 15, 2021. Retrieved February 5, 2021.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  36. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 15, 2021. Retrieved February 5, 2021.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  37. ^ Ortberg, Daniel (November 29, 2018). "i'm terribly happy and my pants are muddy - the road to yosemite was flooded so i proposed by the side of the road. she's my best girl". @danielortberg. Archived from the original on February 15, 2021. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  38. ^ "Daniel M. Lavery on Instagram: "married Grace so tired so good photo by @christina_gracet"". Instagram. Archived from the original on February 15, 2021. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
  39. ^ Tucker, Christina (January 16, 2020). "Grace Lavery and Daniel M. Lavery's Wedding Photos Are Pure Queer Joy". Autostraddle. Archived from the original on February 15, 2021. Retrieved February 25, 2020.

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