When I started this blog, I was in search of new friends. I’d just moved to Chicago, and while I had plenty of people I could make plans with three weeks in advance, I had no one I could call for a last-minute brunch, or to come over and drink wine in front of bad reality TV on a Friday night. I decided to go on a quest to find a new BFF, which I chronicled on this blog. (For my friend-finding posts, go here.) I even wrote a book about it.
After three years, 618 posts and countless girl-dates…I made friends.
Today, the blog has evolved: I still talk about friending and friendship, because our ever-changing social world is as fascinating as ever. But I also write about, oh, I don’t know, the Bravermans, or why exclamation points make me crazy, or my next book. Instead of coming to you for more advice on how to make new friends, I’m now working on the assumption that you guys are my new friends. So I’ll rant and rave about all the things I would in person, if only you all would just come over for a glass of wine.
Before moving to the Midwest, I worked at O, The Oprah Magazine. In addition to O, I’ve written for publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Teen Vogue, Fitness, More, Women’s Health, Paper, Vulture.com, Huffington Post, Chicago Magazine, Ocean Drive and Field and Stream. (Me! Field and Stream! The one about fishing and hunting. So weird, right?) My interview with Katey Sagal, aka Peg Bundy, reached #1 on CNN.com’s list of most-viewed stories of the day. (I had no idea how passionate people are about Peg. And Sons of Anarchy.) My Q&A with Vince Vaughn also reached the top 10. (This was less surprising.) I’ve written about everything from porn films to shark skin, and love diving into new subjects. Being a self-proclaimed pop culturist, I especially love writing entertainment stories. I’ve interviewed a wide range of politicians and celebrities, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and plenty of Oscar winners, including Al Gore, Yoko Ono, Hilary Swank, Tilda Swinton, Queen Latifah, James Cameron, Stephenie Meyer, Taylor Swift, Zac Efron and Emma Thompson. I graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where I was the student newspaper’s resident sex columnist. (My piece on vibrators made it onto Howard Stern. True story.)
For more info about me, or to see clips of my writing, check out my official website.