Mallory Ortberg
Mallory Ortberg
Mallory Ortberg 3.02.15.jpg
Mallory Ortberg in 2015
Occupation Writer, editor, blogger
Nationality American
Education Azusa Pacific
Genre Satire
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.[1] Ortberg is the author of the book Texts from Jane Eyre as well as Slate's "Dear Prudence" advice column.

Early life

The child of evangelical Christian author John Ortberg, Ortberg attended Azusa Pacific University.[2]


Ortberg wrote for Gawker and The Hairpin, and met eventual Toast co-founder Nicole Cliffe through this work.[3][4] Cliffe and Ortberg ran The Toast from July 2013 to July 2016.[5]

Ortberg was included in the 2015 Forbes 30 under 30 list in the media category.[6] On November 9, 2015, Slate announced Ortberg would take over the magazine's "Dear Prudence" advice column from Emily Yoffe.[7]

In 2017, Ortberg launched a paid subscription email newsletter called the Shatner Chatner.[8][9]


Texts from Jane Eyre

Ortberg's first book, Texts from Jane Eyre, was released in November 2014,[10][11] and became a New York Times bestseller.[12] The book was based on a column Ortberg wrote first at The Hairpin, then continued at The Toast.[3] 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.[13]

The Merry Spinster

Ortberg is also the author of the collection of short stories The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror (Henry Holt, 2018).[14][15]

Personal life

Ortberg identifies as queer and has mentioned dating women.[5]


  1. ^ Lange, Maggie (October 30, 2014). "Mallory Ortberg on the Great Jerks of Literature". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Art of Commerce". 
  3. ^ a b Galo, Sarah (November 3, 2014). "Mallory Ortberg: 'If men show up that's great, but we don't need them'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014. 
  4. ^ Kott, Lidia Jean. "Mallory Ortberg And Her (Small) Media Empire". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Scoles, Sarah (June 13, 2017). "Mallory Ortberg's Internet". Motherboard. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ "2015 30 under 30: Media". Retrieved 2015. 
  7. ^ Turner, Julia (2015-11-09). "Meet Our New Dear Prudence Columnist". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ Guthrie Weissman, Cale (December 1, 2017). "The Toast's Mallory Ortberg Is Bringing Her Beloved Content Back-For A Price". Fast Company. Retrieved 2018. 
  9. ^ Benton, Joshua (December 1, 2017). "Stratechery, but for jokes about Frasier: Mallory Ortberg tries the paid newsletter route". Nieman Lab. Retrieved 2018. 
  10. ^ Ulaby, Neda (November 10, 2014). "If Literature's Great Characters Could Text, They'd Charm Your Pantalets Off". NPR. Retrieved 2014. 
  11. ^ Busis, Hillary. "Breaking Big: Mallory Ortberg, author of 'Texts from Jane Eyre'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2014. 
  12. ^ "Best Sellers, December 2014". New York Times. December 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  13. ^ Cohen, Rebecca (November 8, 2014). "If Scarlett O'Hara could sext". Mother Jones. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ "Kirkus Star THE MERRY SPINSTER by Mallory Ortberg". Kirkus Reviews. November 28, 2017. Retrieved 2018. 
  15. ^ "Fiction Book Review: The Merry Spinster by Mallory Ortberg. Holt, $17 trade paper (208p) ISBN 978-1-250-11342-9". Publishers Weekly. November 20, 2017. Retrieved . 

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