I’ve been a writer and editor for almost twenty years. My first job was Assistant Literary Editor at The New Republic. From there, I went on to write for the New York Times Magazine, inaugurating the “Questions For” feature among other things (you can see some of my interviews and other NYT mag pieces on the “Publications” page). More recently, I wrote a collections of Who Made That? columns for the magazine. After many years of freelancing for numerous magazines and newspapers, I began writing books as well and am currently working on my third.
I wrote most of the first one, GIRL SLEUTH: NANCY DREW AND THE WOMEN WHO CREATED HER, during a fellowship at the fantastic Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. It was published in 2005, won an Edgar Award and was named a Best Book of the Year by the Chicago Tribune. The second one, EATING FOR BEGINNERS: AN EDUCATION IN THE PLEASURES OF FOOD FROM CHEFS, FARMERS AND ONE PICKY KID, was published in 2010. The blog connected to that book is archived at the “Books” page.
Currently I write a column on food books for Bookforum Magazine and am working on my third book, an as-yet-untitled book about Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Self-Reliance” to be published by Simon & Schuster. You can learn more about it on the “Emerson Project” page (and you can let a little Emerson into your life by following my @dailyemerson Twitter feed!).
I also do development and communications writing for schools, universities and non-profits, and have worked with many authors on their manuscripts as both co-writer and editorial sounding board. For more on that, click on “Hire Me” above.
I’m represented by:
Fletcher & Company
78 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10011