Hi! I write about the culture of the Internet for Slate and examine various modern phrases for the New York Times Magazine.

I’ve also reported on sex, Hollywood, teenagers, media, technology, and the ladies for places like ESPN the MagazineElleWIREDMarie Claire, NYLON, DETAILSNYMag.com, NYTimes.com, the Los Angeles Times, and the Village Voice, and contributed to Gawker’s The Book of Jezebel: An Encyclopedia of Lady Things and the anthology Best American Sportswriting 2014.

My Pacific Standard story on the legal, ethical, and metaphysical challenges of recognizing online abuse, “Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet,” won the 2015 National Magazine Award in the public interest category, the February 2014 Sidney Award for outstanding piece of socially-conscious journalism, and the 2015 Mirror Award for best traditional article on the media industry. 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. After that, I co-founded Tomorrow magazine, a one-shot publication about the future that was nominated as generally excellent in the 2013 Utne Media Awards and nominated by me for loveliest group of co-workers (it won). 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