Essayist Meghan Daum is the author of the collection The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion. Her other books include the novel The Quality of Life Report, and Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a memoir. Since 2005, Daum has been an opinion columnist for the Los Angeles Times, writing on political, cultural, and social affairs. 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 Magazine, GQ, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and the New York Times Magazine. In her latest collection of essays, My Misspent Youth (Picador), Daum implicates herself as readily as she does the targets that fascinate and horrify her.