I’m a Slate staff writer. I’ve reported on sex, Hollywood, teenagers, media, technology, and the ladies for places like WIRED, ESPN The Magazine, NYMag.comNYTimes.com, Elle, the Los Angeles Times, NYLONDETAILS, and the Village Voice. I’m a co-founder of Tomorrow magazine, which was nominated for general excellence in the 2013 Utne Media Awards, and a contributor to the Book of Jezebel. I won the February 2014 Sidney Award (and some wine!) for outstanding piece of socially-conscious journalism and will be published in the forthcoming Best American Sportswriting 2014. I used to write and edit the lifestyle section of GOOD Magazine. Before that I wrote a column and blog about sex and sexuality for D.C.’s alt-weekly, the Washington City Paper, where I was nominated for a 2010 AAN award for Best Individual Blog. I live in New York City but left my heart scattered across several western states.

On some next-level shit: An old-school reporter with a supermodern sensibility, and funny as hell
an editor

It was as if she could see into my brain: Her changes made me like my thoughts better. After I’d read an essay she’d tweaked, sometimes I would actually like myself better
— 
a writer 

A young writer tearing a hole in the world around her and finding redemptive aspects even in one of California’s supposedly least-savory industries
— a reporter

I can’t think of anyone who writes about personal identity or relationships in a more intelligent or engaging fashion
— a contemporary

You make even a potentially funny story make me want to shoot myself
— a commenter

A genius
 James Deen