It all started on the mean streets of Westchester County, when I became the Editor in Chief of Mamaroneck High School’s student newspaper. While attending Cornell, I wrote for various campus publications including an alumni magazine where a disgruntled editor once left a voice mail on the machine I shared with 3 housemates saying she would rather “slay her first born” than print my blurb on something forgettable as it had been written. Last time I checked, this editor was still editing said magazine, so there. During school breaks, I interned for The Village Voice and Paper magazine and learned the art of RSVPing myself to parties my editors had been invited to. After graduation, I attended the Radcliffe Publishing Course, which helped me get a job as the assistant to Peter Kaplan, then the Editor in Chief of The New York Observer, where I ended up writing features and the real estate column for two years.
In 2001, I wrote perhaps my most emailed story about Googling guys before I went on dates with them. The New York Times Magazine’s “On Language” column gave me credit for coining the verb “To Google.” Sergey Brin flew to New York to fete me for it and seriously, we went on a date. Alas, I walked away with some Google baseball caps but no stock options. Next, I became a Staff Writer for the features section of the New York Post and managed to write a story about a Hasidic Jewish workout video with the memorable headline “Muscle Tov.” After that, I joined New York magazine as a Contributing Editor, writing deep pieces of investigative journalism on topics like who threw the best dinner parties and how everyone was on Adderall. I also wrote the real estate column and the gossip column and edited the party picture page. This meant I was invited to everything and often appeared on TV as an alleged pop culture expert.
After about four years, I decamped to a cabin upstate to escape the madness and write a novel, “4% Famous,” which was published by Random House in 2006. DKNY sponsored the multi-city national book tour and I drank a lot of champagne. Then I went back to New York magazine and covered a three week wedding in India after spending a month studying ashtanga yoga with Shri K. Pattabhi Jois. Some would say I never really came back.
I’ve also been a Contributing Editor at Conde Nast Portfolio and the Editor in Chief of Hampton Style magazine—two fine publications that died in the recession. Now I’m a Contributing Writer for C Magazine, a Contributing Editor for the Huffington Post’s LA page (which I helped launch) and a freelance reporter for The New York Times Sunday Styles section.
In 2008, I moved to Los Angeles. My first job in Hollywood was as a Staff Writer on Season 3 of the CW’s “90210.” Then I was a Story Editor and an Executive Story Editor on the first two seasons of HBO’s “Girls,” which was the best job I ever had. Now I’m developing my own shows.