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Mallory Ortberg’s Favorite Advice Columns

Mallory Ortberg | Longreads | February 16, 2016 | words

Mallory Ortberg answers advice at Dear Prudence and is the co-founder of The Toast. Longreads asked her to tell us about her favorite advice columns.

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Mallory Ortberg’s Favorite Advice Columns

Mallory Ortberg answers advice at Dear Prudence and is the co-founder of The Toast. Longreads asked her to tell us about her favorite advice columns.

Last year, I became an advice columnist. This is my only qualification for being an advice columnist, as I am quite literally just some guy. “Noted some guy Mallory Ortberg.” Here are a few of my favorite advice columns:

1. “The Monty Hall Problem” (Marilyn vos Savant, Parade Magazine)

Priceonomics describes this column thusly:

When vos Savant politely responded to a reader’s inquiry on the Monty Hall Problem, a then-relatively-unknown probability puzzle, she never could’ve imagined what would unfold: though her answer was correct, she received over 10,000 letters, many from noted scholars and Ph.Ds, informing her that she was a hare-brained idiot.

What ensued for vos Savant was a nightmarish journey, rife with name-calling, gender-based assumptions, and academic persecution.

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