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

  • Robin Williams: A Mork in the family

    Robin Williams: A Mork in the family

    As sitcoms of its era went, “Mork & Mindy” was neither the best nor the worst. It may, however, have been among the sneakiest in its social commentary. A “Happy Days” spinoff that ran from 1978 to 1982, its premise was that Mork, an alien from the planet Ork, played by Robin Williams, is sent to...

  • The great Ebola scare

    The great Ebola scare

    Blame it on Richard Preston. “The Hot Zone,” his 1994 nonfiction science thriller about the spread and devastation of the Ebola virus, pretty much set the standard for terrifying contagion scenarios. In an opening chapter that even Stephen King called “one of the most horrifying things I've ever...

  • Weird Al's viral zaniness is a note of sanity in a time of crises

    Weird Al's viral zaniness is a note of sanity in a time of crises

    Amid a week of unrelentingly grim news, a buoyant countercurrent has emerged. Over the course of eight days, July 14 to 21, the song parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic released eight videos promoting his new album, "Mandatory Fun." In classic Yankovic style, the songs take pop hits and give them new...

  • When cellphones and social media become the enemy

    When cellphones and social media become the enemy

    There's a moment in “Boyhood,” the new movie by Richard Linklater, when the boy in question, an eighth-grader, asks his mother for permission to attend a party that won't have adult supervision. Reluctantly, she agrees, saying it's OK as long as he takes his cellphone. Cut to a gathering of boys...

  • What do the Hobby Lobby backers want women to be?

    What do the Hobby Lobby backers want women to be?

    In the fallout surrounding last week's Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision, a lot of people have been wondering exactly what role the Christian right thinks women should play in society and how birth control detracts from it. The case focused on four types of birth control that Hobby Lobby believes...

  • Smells like ... a Westsider: All wet lawn and the sweat of a trophy wife

    Smells like ... a Westsider: All wet lawn and the sweat of a trophy wife

    Last Saturday I approached no fewer than 30 strangers and sniffed them. They sniffed me back. Some thought I smelled nice, though a few gagged. We were part of an "olfactory public artwork" at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, a one-day installation, "Sillage," by Brian Goeltzenleuchter, a San Diego-based...

  • American Apparel: Bad behavior, bad fashion

    American Apparel: Bad behavior, bad fashion

    Of the countless ways to feel old in your 40s, perhaps none is quite as perplexing as seeing a young person trendily decked out in 1980s-style garb and saying to yourself, "I can't believe that look is back in style. It was bad enough the first time around!" I'm sorry to say I have this thought...

  • Hillary Clinton's money trouble

    Hillary Clinton's money trouble

    It's open season on Hillary Rodham Clinton again. This week, carefully coiffed and with a wardrobe occupying a neutral zone between Ann Taylor elegance and Chico's practicality, Clinton began making the promotional rounds for her new book, "Hard Choices." And the dissection went into high gear....

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