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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

  • Right-to-dry movement gets its day in the sun in California

    Right-to-dry movement gets its day in the sun in California

    Last week, amid all the excitement (if that's the right word) over Gov. Jerry Brown's signing of a right-to-die bill for California, a smaller, quieter — and rhyming — law was also passed. Assembly Bill 1448, nicknamed the "right to dry," makes it illegal for landlords and homeowners associations...

  • A presidential campaign as reality TV

    A presidential campaign as reality TV

    It's a truism in Hollywood that movies are made in the editing room. No matter how airtight the script, no matter how brilliant the actors, no matter what the director envisioned at the beginning, all bets are off when the footage makes its way to the cutting room. Plot lines shift, characters...

  • Right-to-die laws: Do we have the gumption to make such big life decisions?

    Right-to-die laws: Do we have the gumption to make such big life decisions?

    It's been nearly a year since Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old terminally ill California woman, made headlines with her public decision to take her own life to avoid a painful end from brain cancer. Maynard, who died in November, moved to Oregon because California has no right-to-die laws on the...

  • With flippant adoption comment, Jonathan Franzen births social media outrage

    With flippant adoption comment, Jonathan Franzen births social media outrage

    The Guardian slapped a headline on its website Friday morning that read, “Jonathan Franzen considered adopting Iraqi orphan to figure out young people.”Even though Franzen, the prize-winning and often polarizing author of novels including “The Corrections” and “Freedom,” didn't exactly say as much,...

  • In a way, we all work for Amazon

    In a way, we all work for Amazon

    Maybe it all started with the drone tease. Remember back in 2013, when Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced plans to someday make deliveries via "Octocopters," which would pick up packages from an Amazon fulfillment center and deliver them to customers' doorsteps within 30 minutes? What was astonishing...

  • Does Cosmo deserve a plain brown wrapper?

    Does Cosmo deserve a plain brown wrapper?

    "I know it when I see it." That, of course, is how former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart defined pornography in 1964, ruling in a case involving a Cleveland movie theater manager who'd been prosecuted for screening Louis Malle's “The Lovers.” (Stewart deemed it not pornographic.)But what...

  • Give 'Atticus' parents a break

    Give 'Atticus' parents a break

    Normally I'm all for making fun of parents who, by dint of ZIP Code or number of tattoos, fall into the hipster category and assert their nonconformity by giving their kids names that, once upon a time, were considered best suited for pets. Hang around a playground in Silver Lake or Brooklyn's...

  • I'm just so over the Facebook rainbow

    I'm just so over the Facebook rainbow

    Is it possible to support marriage equality without opting for the rainbow filter on your Facebook profile photo? Technically, yes. But within three days of the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, some 26 million people had shown their support by rainbowifying their pictures with...

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