Mallory Ortberg in 2015
|Occupation||Writer, editor, blogger|
|Notable works||Texts from Jane Eyre (2014)|
|Relatives||John Ortberg (father)|
Mallory Ortberg is an American author, editor, and a co-founder of the feminist general interest site The Toast. Ortberg is the author of the book Texts from Jane Eyre as well as Slate's "Dear Prudence" advice column.
Ortberg was included in the 2015 Forbes 30 under 30 list in the media category. On November 9, 2015, Slate announced Ortberg would take over the magazine's "Dear Prudence" advice column from Emily Yoffe.
Ortberg's first book, Texts from Jane Eyre, was released in November 2014, and became a New York Times bestseller. The book was based on a column Ortberg wrote first at The Hairpin, then continued at The Toast. The book's premise--Ortberg imagining famous literary characters exchanging anachronistic text messages--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", prompting Ortberg to imagine how Scarlett O'Hara might have used a cell phone.
Ortberg identifies as queer and has mentioned dating women.
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