Pop culture journalist, playwright and lyricist


Magazine and website articles

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Pop Culture Oral Histories

The Agony and the Angst: An Oral History of My So-Called Life Elle, November 2016

Together Forever: An Oral History of the Carnival Scene from ‘Grease’ Yahoo, April 2018

Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas Turns 40: An Oral History Yahoo, December 2017

The Cones of Dunshire: An Oral History of the ‘Parks and Recreation’ Board Game Vulture, December 2013

Essays on Film and Feminism

It’s Time to See ‘The Little Mermaid’ as a Feminist Film Yahoo, November 2014

Here’s Why Rey from ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is Being Called a ‘Mary Sue’ (And Why She’s Not One) Yahoo, January 2016

Summer Blockbusters Need More Crappy Roles for Women Yahoo, July 2014


Reported Pieces on Hollywood History

The Forgotten Story of Queer Nation’s 1992 Academy Awards Protest Yahoo, February 2016

The ‘Star Wars’ Cantina Scene: The Out-of-This-World Story Behind the Galaxy’s Favorite Dive Bar Yahoo, December 2015

How Carrie Fisher Helped Create the ‘Star Wars’ Legend Yahoo, December 2016

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Lyricist Howard Ashman’s Loved Ones Recall How He Brought the Story to Life — and Changed Disney Films Forever Yahoo, March 2017

How ‘Finding Nemo’ Launched Ellen DeGeneres’ Comeback Yahoo, June 2016

Fun Stuff

An Astronaut Fact-Checks ‘Gravity’  Vulture, October 2013

The Magic of the Goblin King: An Appreciation for David Bowie in ‘Labyrinth’ Yahoo, January 2016

This is What It’s Like to Watch All the ‘Fast and Furious’ Films for the First Time Yahoo, April 2015

A Psychiatrist Analyzes the ‘Girls’ Vulture, February 2014

‘La La Land’ Is a Good Movie, But a Bad Musical Yahoo, January 2017

Celebrity Interviews

Dana Carvey Goes Deep Inside His Controversial Sketch Show in ‘Too Funny to Fail’ Yahoo, October 2017

The Original Muppet Performers on Near-Death Experiences, Getting Into Character, and Frank Oz’s Bert and Ernie Secret Yahoo, March 2018

Tiffany Haddish Shares Grapefruit Tricks and Creative Ex Revenge Ideas Yahoo, July 2017

Fred Willard Takes Us Through His Career in the Most Delightfully Willardian Way Vulture, April 2011

Allison Janney on the First Seasons of ‘Mom’ and ‘Masters of Sex’ Vulture, December 2013

The ‘Breaking Bad’ GQ+A: Betsy Brandt on Marie Schrader’s Tragic Moment and Crying in Between Takes  GQ, September 2013

‘The Neverending Story’ Empress Tami Stronach Shares Behind-the-Scenes Stories from the ‘90s Fantasy Film Yahoo, April 2017

The ‘Mad Men’ GQ+A: Ben Feldman on the Total WTF Moment of the Season GQ, May 2014