About Meghan Daum
Meghan Daum is the author of Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a personal chronicle of real estate addiction and obsessive fascination with houses, as well as the novel The Quality of Life Report and the essay collection My Misspent Youth. Since 2005 she has written a column for The Los Angeles Times, which currently appears on the op-ed page three Thursdays per month. She has contributed to public radio's Morning Edition, Marketplace and This American Life and has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Harper's, GQ, Elle, Vogue, New York, Travel & Leisure, BlackBook, Harper's Bazaar, The Village Voice, and The New York Times Book Review.
Equal parts reporter, storyteller, and satirist, Meghan has inspired controversy over a range of topics, including social politics, class warfare and the semiotics of shag carpet. She has been widely praised in the press and elicits particular enthusiasm from internet commenters, some of whom have called her everything from a "rad genius" to an "intolerant hack" and "ugly squashed bug." This is a phenomenon Meghan has explored here and elsewhere.
Meghan's work is included in dozens of college textbooks and anthologies, including The KGB Bar Reader, Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times, Sex and Sensibility, Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit and The New Gilded Age: The New Yorker Looks at the Culture of Affluence among many others. She frequently gives lectures and readings at colleges around the country and has taught at the Nebraska Summer Writers' Conference for several years. In 2004 she was a visiting artist at California Institute for the Arts, where she taught graduate nonfiction writing. In the fall of 2013 she will teach a nonfiction master class at Columbia University's School of the Arts.
Born in California in 1970, Meghan was raised primarily on the east coast and is a graduate of Vassar College and the MFA writing program at Columbia University's School of the Arts. She spent several years in New York City before making her now-infamous move to Nebraska in 1999, where she continued to work as an essayist and journalist and wrote The Quality of Life Report. A resident of Los Angeles for more than a decade now, Meghan has hosted and moderated numerous interviews and panels for public event series such as Zocalo Public Square, the LA Public Library's ALOUD program, and Live Talks L.A.
Meghan was a 2013 mentor for PEN USA's Emerging Voices Program. She also voluteers as a foster child advocate for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Los Angeles County.
She is currently writing a book of original essays exploring the theme of sentimentality in American life.