Something That May Shock and Discredit You

Written by:
Daniel M. Lavery
Narrated by:
Daniel M. Lavery

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2020
6 hours 48 minutes
“One of our smartest, most inventive humor writers, Ortberg combines bathos and the devotional into a revelation.” —Jordy Rosenberg, The New York Times Book Review

From the New York Times bestselling 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 M. Lavery 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 Lavery 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.
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I loved this book!!! I was near tears more than once just cause of how close it is to me, being able to put explainable words to vague ideas and concepts that I hadn't been able to name. Personally, this book helped me be able to approach the topic of transgender identity with my own family after hearing Daniel detail his own experiences through use of allegory of the bible. Most of what people first say about trans people is about what a miserable experience it must be, unable to be decoupled from suffering first and foremost. While this book does not shy from how scary it is when one finds themself to be transgender, I loved how much of it is a celebration of expressing yourself, and a very hopeful message.

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