Meghan Daum

Columnist

Meghan Daum was born in California and grew up primarily on the East Coast. She is the author of four books, most recently a collection of original essays, “The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion.” Her other books include the cult favorite essay collection “My Misspent Youth,” as well as a novel and a memoir. She is also the editor of “Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids,” which will be published in the spring of 2015. Daum has written for numerous magazines, including the New Yorker, Harper’s and Vogue, and contributed to the public radio programs “Morning Edition,” “Marketplace” and “This American Life.” Her column has run on the Op-Ed page since 2005. Learn more about her at meghandaum.com.

Recent Articles

  • ‘Special snowflake’ is the Triscuit of insults. Banish it in 2017

    ‘Special snowflake’ is the Triscuit of insults. Banish it in 2017

    For many of us, this may be the worst “most wonderful time of the year” in recent memory. But there’s at least one seasonal tradition that is made easier, not to mention more fun, by virtue of just how bad things are: the annual call for moratoriums. Amid the “best of” lists and “things we won’t...

  • Identity politics did in Clinton, but not the way you think

    Identity politics did in Clinton, but not the way you think

    As someone who’s been railing about the seductions and limitations of identity politics for, oh, probably the last decade, I was glad to see the topic slide into the foreground a few weeks ago. This was largely the result of a provocative and polarizing opinion article by Columbia humanities professor...

  • Trumpocalypse Now: Are you panicking or taking a deep breath?

    Trumpocalypse Now: Are you panicking or taking a deep breath?

    It’s been slightly more than two weeks since slightly less than half of those who voted in the presidential election set Western civilization on a possible course toward destruction. As with any traumatic event, there’s no “right” way to process the aftermath, though when it comes to the Trumpocalypse...

  • We have a chance to make history by electing America’s first woman president. Why aren’t we celebrating?

    We have a chance to make history by electing America’s first woman president. Why aren’t we celebrating?

    It ought to feel like a bigger deal, casting a ballot in the first presidential election in American history with a woman at the top of the ticket. Not that it isn’t a big deal; it’s huge. It’s just that even for many of Hillary Clinton’s supporters, heading to the polls on Tuesday may feel less...

  • All Trump gropes are bad, but they aren't all equal or equally horrible

    All Trump gropes are bad, but they aren't all equal or equally horrible

    The Trump-inspired national seminar on sexual harassment and assault has given me, like a lot of women, occasion to think about my own experiences in this arena. I’ve mostly been mercifully untouched, so to speak.   Sure, I’ve endured various permutations of sad, desperate men overstepping boundaries:...

  • Clinton the resilient shows she's tougher than Trump the bully

    Clinton the resilient shows she's tougher than Trump the bully

    Three days later and I’m still basking in the glow of Hillary Clinton’s debate performance. With a level of composure seldom seen on live television, she was a model of sangfroid, perfectly calibrating her  facial expressions even as Donald J. Trump called her disgraceful, said she had “tremendous...

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