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Marty Beckerman

Marty Beckerman Marty Beckerman

Marty Beckerman is a professional asshole who has written for Esquire, Playboy, Salon and the Daily Beast. Hunter S. Thompson once called him a "morbid little bastard." His greatest journalistic humiliations include getting sodomized by his girlfriend, getting covered with sperm, breaking his penis, taking a prostitute to prom, and having sex with a mango. Truly he is the Dostoevsky of his generation. Beckerman started his career at the Anchorage Daily News, which published his weekly humor column for 70,000 readers during his freshman and sophomore years of high school. He famously lost the $15 per week gig after asking a female cheerleader—during a supposedly objective interview—how it feels “to be a urine stain on the toilet seat of America.” Neither the girl's parents nor Beckerman's long-suffering editor found this question particularly amusing, for some reason. (He lost the gig on a separate occasion by royally pissing off Henry Rollins.) In 2000 Beckerman collected his columns (mostly about trying and failing to get laid) into Death to All Cheerleaders One Adolescent Journalist’s Cheerful Diatribe Against Teenage Plasticity, and sold a thousand copies of the book from his parents’ basement. The ensuing buzz led to a deal with MTV Books/Simon & Schuster for Generation S.L.U.T. (sexually liberated urban teens) A Brutal Feel-Up Session with Today’s Sex-Crazed Adolescent Populace, published in 2004 and translated into numerous languages, which propelled the author (still a college junior) to the national and international stage despite his complete lack of sobriety and clothing. He has been featured by the New York Times, MSNBC, the Washington Post, the Guardian, the Atlantic, Frisky, Gawker, New York Post, the Chicago Tribune, ABC News, Fox News Channel and National Public Radio. So basically, he is a big fucking deal. In 2008 the Disinformation Company published Beckerman's third book, Dumbocracy Adventures with the Loony Left, the Rabid Right and Other American Idiots, which received praise from former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel, Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and many others. About.com proclaimed it one of the best political satires of all time, alongside volumes by Dave Barry, Bill Maher, Al Franken, P.J. O'Rourke, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Yeah, pretty much. After a stint at Esquire as online features editor (despite his utter lack of sophistication and class), Beckerman is currently working on books, articles and his rock-hard abs, which just keep getting rock-harder. He loves you all, but mostly himself.