Journalist... Literary Genius... America's Luscious Beacon of Truth
#1 Amazon.com bestselling author with bylines in the New York Times, Esquire, Wired, Playboy, Salon, Maxim, the Daily Beast, and the Atlantic. USA Today calls his writing "laugh-out-loud." Hunter S. Thompson called him a "morbid little bastard."
Additionally, he has been featured and quoted by the Washington Post, CBS National Radio, the Guardian, the Atlantic, the Frisky, Gawker, New York Post, the Los Angeles Times, Variety, the Chicago Tribune, MSNBC, ABC News and Fox News Channel, all of which mistook him for a serious pundit.
The Teenage Years
Marty 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 redefined the word "prodigy" (also: "misanthropic"), but famously lost the $15 per week gig after asking a cheerleader 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 same 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, and sold a thousand physical copies from his parents’ basement. The ensuing buzz led to a deal with MTV Books/Simon & Schuster for Generation S.L.U.T., 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.
Immune to shame, Marty continued to humiliate himself for attention. His most famous journalistic experiments include getting sodomized with a dildo, getting covered in sperm at an upscale salon, trying Cosmo's insane sex advice, wearing ultra-ultra-skinny jeans around Manhattan, and turning into a groomzilla.
In 2008 the Disinformation Company published Marty's third book, Dumbocracy, 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.
Every publisher in New York turned down Marty's next project, a tongue-in-cheek guide to masculinity based on the life and works of Ernest Hemingway, titled The Heming Way. Marty self-published the book, which hit #1 on Amazon.com for parody, received attention from national media (USA Today, Salon, the Daily Beast, Mental Floss, the Los Angeles Times, Kirkus Reviews, Huffington Post, CBS National Radio, MSNBC) and scored a movie option from a Hollywood production company. In Fall 2012, St. Martin's Press will release an expanded second edition.
After a stint as Esquire's online news and features editor (despite his utter lack of sophistication and class), Marty is currently working on books, articles and his rock-hard abs, which just keep getting rock-harder. And co-editing MTV's Guy Code Blog.
In May 2013, he released his latest book, '90s Island: A Novella.
Famous Friends and Enemies
For various publications Marty has interviewed:
- David Duchovny
- Bret Easton Ellis
- The Most Interesting Man in the World
- Matt Taibbi
- P.J. O'Rourke
- 50 Cent
- Andrew W.K.
- Nick McDonell
- Kinky Friedman
- Greg Graffin
- Ann Coulter
- Joey Chestnut
- Bruce Richardson
- Mark Ebner
- Anna David
- The Beards
- Jonah Falcon
- Dossie Easton
- Dr. Ruth Westheimer
- John Strausbaugh
- Stephen Chbosky
- Hunter S. Thompson