Something That May Shock and Discredit You

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Texts from Jane Eyre, cofounder of The Toast, and writer of Slate's "Dear Prudence" column, an intelligent and hilarious essay collection of cultural observations ranging about popular culture - from the endearingly popular to the confoundingly obscure.

Sometimes you just have to yell; Lavery has mastered the art of "poetic yelling," a genre surely familiar to fans of his cult-favorite website The Toast. In this irreverent essay collection, Lavery expands on this concept with in-depth and hilarious studies of all things pop culture, from the high to low brow. From a thoughtful analysis on the beauty of William Shatner to a sinister reimagining of HGTV's House Hunters, Something That May Shock and Discredit You is a laugh-out-loud funny and whip-smart collection for those who don't take anything-including themselves-much too seriously. Some chapter titles include: "Poems Should Be about Your Friend at Oxford Who Drowned," "I Think Seagulls are Probably Pigeons' Shift Supervisors," "Something Nice Happens to Oedipus," and "No One Understands Henry VIII Like I Do."

Daniel Lavery is the “Dear Prudence” advice columnist at Slate, the cofounder of The Toast, and the New York Times bestselling author of Texts From Jane Eyre and The Merry Spinster.