Author Archives: Janet Steen

Janet Steen

About Janet Steen

Janet Steen started on the editorial staff at Esquire, where she tweaked the prose of writers including Norman Mailer, Denis Johnson, and Mary Gaitskill. She went on to become the books editor at Time Out New York, an editor at Us Weekly, and the literary editor at Details. She has written for the New York Times, Interview, Details, Us Weekly, and Time Out New York. Her profile subjects include such widely varying personalities as Steve Martin, Barry White, Martin Amis, and Dennis Hopper. She edits books and is a co-founder of Editrixie.com, and lives in upstate N.Y.

Is the Personal Essay Hipper Than Thou?

The nonfiction trend goes on. Separating the bad from the good from the great is the tricky part. Continue reading

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The Foggiest Ideas

Sometimes too much information can lead to an existential crisis. Continue reading

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The Best Author Profile You’ll Read This Week

Janet Steen talks about writers talking about themselves. Continue reading

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Strangers on a Train

Janet Steen finds both irritation and beauty on an ordinary ride from New York. Continue reading

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Love’s Folly

Janet Steen compares and contrasts Barry White and Alain de Botton on the maddening subject of love. Continue reading

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Gone Baby Gone—Or Maybe Not Entirely

Janet Steen wonders where words and pictures and other treasured things go when they disappear. Continue reading

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It Bites: Fumbling Through the Middle Passage

Janet Steen takes some fleeting moments to contemplate the midlife crisis in us all. Continue reading

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Humble Work and Mad Wanderings

In which Janet Steen ponders the working poor, the creative class, and the search for meaningful work. Continue reading

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Peggy Lee, Life, and the Apocalypse

In which a seven-year-old Janet Steen contemplates sex and melancholy Continue reading

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