Something That May Shock and Discredit You

Narrated by: Daniel Mallory Ortberg
Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Named one of the most anticipated books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, O, The Oprah Magazine, BuzzFeed, Electric Literature, Yahoo Lifestyle, and Bitch Media 

"A delightful hybrid of a book.... You'll laugh, you'll cry, often both at once. Everyone should read this extraordinary book." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

From the New York Times best-selling author of Texts from Jane Eyre and Merry Spinster, writer of Slate's "Dear Prudence" column, and cofounder of The Toast comes a hilarious and stirring collection of essays and cultural observations spanning pop culture - from the endearingly popular to the staggeringly obscure.

Daniel Mallory Ortberg is known for blending genres, forms, and sources to develop fascinating new hybrids - from lyric rants to horror recipes to pornographic scripture. In his most personal work to date, he turns his attention to the essay, offering vigorous and laugh-out-loud funny accounts of both popular and highbrow culture while mixing in meditations on gender transition, family dynamics, and the many meanings of faith.

From a thoughtful analysis of the beauty of William Shatner to a sinister reimagining of HGTV's House Hunters, and featuring figures as varied as Anne of Green Gables, Columbo, Nora Ephron, Apollo, and the cast of Mean Girls, Something That May Shock and Discredit You is a hilarious and emotionally exhilarating compendium that combines personal history with cultural history to make you see yourself and those around you entirely anew. It further establishes Ortberg as one of the most innovative and engaging voices of his generation - and it may just change the way you think about Lord Byron forever.

©2020 Daniel Mallory Ortberg (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

Editor's Pick

Faith, Gender, and Feathered Miscreants
"My favorite piece of non-audio fiction from 2019 is easily Daniel Mallory Ortberg’s piece here (writing as Daniel Lavery), which I can only describe as Untitled Goose Game fanfiction. While his newest listen, Something That May Shock and Discredit You, is not quite as absurd, specific, or ridiculous as the above mentioned flight of fancy, it is, however, the perfect collection of essays for lovers of quirky & keen observational humor. From ruminating on the sincere joy he gets from yelling encouraging things at groups of strangers, to the candid, soul-searching self-examination of his transition by way of hilarious and touching Biblical conceits, Something That May Shock and Discredit You stands apart from other essay collections as unique and relatable all at once." —Sean T., Audible Editor

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Resonates, hard.

If you grew up megachurch fundie (specifically of the Willow Creek Community Church 1991-2009) the narration will give you chills. It’s a must listen.