Hey, I’m Amanda. I’ve reported on the internet, teenagers, gender, and sex for places like the New York Times MagazineESPN the Magazine, Elle, WIRED, and the Village Voice.  Now I’m a critic-at-large at the New York Times.

I used to write about women and Internet culture as a staff writer for Slate, where I won a Newswomen’s Club Front Page Award for my online body of work. Before that, my friends and I cofounded Tomorrow magazine, a one-shot publication about the future. Before that, I wrote and edited the lifestyle section of GOOD Magazine. And before that, I wrote a column and blog about sex and etc. for D.C.’s alt-weekly, the Washington City Paper. You can find my stuff in The Book of Jezebel: An Encyclopedia of Lady ThingsBest American Sportswriting 2014, and Best American Magazine Writing 2015. My Pacific Standard story on the legal, ethical, and metaphysical challenges of recognizing online abuse, “Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet,” won the National Magazine Award in the public interest category, the Sidney Award for outstanding piece of socially-conscious journalism, and the Mirror Award for best traditional article on the media industry. I live in New York City and it sucks. those subways! lol.

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