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Dana Stevens (critic)

Dana Shawn Stevens (born June 30, 1966) is a movie critic at Slate.[1] She is also a cohost of the magazine's weekly cultural podcast, the Culture Gabfest.[2] She is working on a book about Buster Keaton and the 20th century.[3][4]

Dana Stevens
Born (1966-06-30) June 30, 1966 (age 53)
Other namesLiz Penn
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley
OccupationMovie critic at Slate (magazine)
Notable credit(s)
Slate magazine, Culture Gabfest

Life and careerEdit

Stevens grew up in Scarsdale, New York[5] and San Antonio, Texas.[6][7] She attained a doctorate in comparative literature from UC Berkeley in 2001 with a dissertation on Fernando Pessoa: A Local Habitation and a Name: Heteronymy and Nationalism in the works of Fernando Pessoa.

She joined Slate in mid-2003, writing the magazine's Surfergirl column on television and pop-culture.[8] Before joining Slate she wrote under the pseudonym "Liz Penn" on her own (now defunct) website/blog called the High Sign.[5] She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post Book World, Bookforum, and The Atlantic[8] and has appeared on several occasions on Charlie Rose and The Brian Lehrer Show. She is a regular on Slate's Culture Gabfest.[9]

Stevens has described herself as "an atheist raised in culturally Christian milieu".[10] She lives in Brooklyn, New York.[8]


  1. ^ "Dana Stevens". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 2017-11-11.
  2. ^ Metcalf, Stephen; Stevens, Dana; Turner, Julia (2017-10-04). "The Culture Gabfest "Too Good to Last" Edition". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  3. ^ "Dana Stevens (@thehighsign) | Twitter". Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  4. ^ Roth, Gabriel; Stevens, Dana (2016-10-13). "Looking Back at Vaudeville's Buster Keaton". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  5. ^ a b "Liz Penn, Writer/TV Critic". Gothamist. Archived from the original on March 15, 2010. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  6. ^ "Extract, film review podcast @3:00min". Spoiler Special Podcast. September 3, 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  7. ^ Stevens, Dana (20 Mar 2012). "ladiesofboston @thehighsign is this u Dana from Boston?". @thehighsign. Retrieved 28 March 2012. ladiesofboston: @thehighsign is this u Dana from Boston? Dana Stevens:@ladiesofboston Nope, wrong Dana. I'm from San Antonio, Texas.
  8. ^ a b c "Who We Are". Slate. Archived from the original on June 20, 2011. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  9. ^ "Dana Stevens". Retrieved 2015-01-25.
  10. ^ Stevens, Dana (September 18, 2007). "Films of Atonement". Jewcy. Retrieved June 21, 2011.

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