Mallory Ortberg

Mallory Ortberg
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Mallory Ortberg is the co-creator of The Toast, a general-interest website geared toward women. She has written for Gawker, New York Magazine, The Hairpin, and The Atlantic. She lives in the Bay Area with her laptop and her cat.

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Mallory Ortberg introduces Texts from Jane Eyre

Mallory Ortberg introduces 'Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters.'

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Q & A

Where are you from?
Oakland, CA

Who are your favorite writers?
Roxane Gay, Saeed Jones, P.G. Wodehouse, Jerome K. Jerome, Shirley Jackson, Rembert Browne, Maria Bustillos, Joel Morris

Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
Naked Pictures of Famous People, Jon Stewart 

We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson

Three Men In A Boat, Jerome K. Jerome
Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Just work.

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
I’m not sure! I suppose just to keep writing.

What is your favorite quote?
"Won’t you have an egg or something? Or a sausage or something? Or something?"

"No, thank you."

She spoke as if she belonged to an anti-sausage league or a league for the suppression of eggs. There was a bit of silence."

What inspired you to write your first book?
Someone offered me money to do it. That sounds like a cutesy answer, but it’s true.

Where do you write?
In bed or on the couch; I have a desk but I never use it.


by the author

Texts from Jane Eyre

Mallory Ortberg
Henry Holt and Co.

Hilariously imagined text conversations—the passive aggressive, the clever, and the strange—from classic and modern literary figures, from Scarlett O’Hara to...

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Available 11/4/2014