Meghan Daum

Adjunct Associate Professor

Columbia University

Meghan Daum has been a columnist on the op-ed page of The Los Angeles Times since 2005. She is the author of three books, most recently Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a personal chronicle of real estate addiction and obsessive fascination with houses. Other books include the novel The Quality of Life Report and the essay collection My Misspent Youth. Her newest book, The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, is a series of never-before-published essays exploring the theme of sentimentality in American life. The essays, some dark and some comedic, discuss such topics as death, dogs, children, "honorary lesbianism," the tedium of foodie culture, the definition of "romance" and much more.  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.

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 in the MFA writing division at  Columbia University's School of the Arts as well as at the California Institute for the Arts and the Nebraska Summer Writers' Conference. She is a graduate of Vassar College and the MFA writing program at Columbia University's School of the Arts. Meghan has hosted and moderated numerous interviews and panels for public event series such as Zócalo Public Square, the LA Public Library's ALOUD program, and Live Talks L.A.