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

  • 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...

  • Will smart-looking glasses do the trick for Rick Perry?

    Will smart-looking glasses do the trick for Rick Perry?

    There's a moment in season eight of the HBO comedy "Curb Your Enthusiasm" when the character Larry David (played in duly neurotic and cantankerous fashion by the real Larry David) discovers the transformative power of eyeglasses. When his friend Leon, an African American with a penchant for baggy...

  • 'Jezebel Effect' poisons conversations on gender and sexual violence

    'Jezebel Effect' poisons conversations on gender and sexual violence

    In the world of opinion writing, there’s something called the “to be sure” paragraph. A sort of rhetorical antibiotic, it seeks to defend against critics by injecting a tiny bit of counter-argument before moving on with the main point. “To be sure, meat has protein and tastes delicious, but most...

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