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Tad Friend

Theodore Porter "Tad" Friend (born September 25, 1962) is a staff writer for The New Yorker who writes the magazine's "Letter from California".

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BiographyEdit

Born in Buffalo, New York, Friend was raised there and in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania (where his father, Theodore Friend, was president of Swarthmore College). He was educated at The Shipley School and Harvard University.

Friend was a contributing editor at various publications, including Esquire, prior to becoming a staff writer at The New Yorker in 1998.[1] His work there includes the magazine's "Letter from California".[1] In 2001, he published "Lost in Mongolia: Travels in Hollywood and Other Foreign Lands", a collection of his articles. His memoir, Cheerful Money: Me, My Family, and the Last Days of Wasp Splendor, was published in 2009.[1]

Friend is married to food writer Amanda Hesser, with whom he has twin children. He lives in Brooklyn.

BibliographyEdit

BooksEdit

  • Friend, Tad (2001). Lost in Mongolia : travels in Hollywood and other foreign lands. New York: Random House. 
  • — (2009). Cheerful money : me, my family, and the last days of WASP splendor. New York: Little, Brown. 
  • — (2011). Planet killers : a spine-tingling look at near-earth objects, mass extinctions, and the controversial science of planetary defense (eBook). Byliner. 

Essays, reporting and other contributionsEdit

  • Friend, Tad (July 20, 1987). "Reunion". The Talk of the Town. The New Yorker. 
  • — (May 2, 1988). "Auction". The Talk of the Town. The New Yorker. 
  • — (October 11, 1993). "(Still) looking for America". The Talk of the Town. The New Yorker. 
  • — (October 25, 1993). "Claudia Shear is definitely working". The Talk of the Town. The New Yorker. 
  • — (November 1, 1993). "Call it Luxembourgian". The Talk of the Town. The New Yorker. 
  • — (2005). "The king of banter". In Knutsen, Chris and David Kuhn (eds). Committed : men tell stories of love, commitment, and marriage. New York: Bloomsbury. 
  • — (2006). "Inside the Coen heads". In Allen, William Rodney (ed). The Coen brothers : interviews. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. 
  • — (October 26, 2009). "Scrum again". The Talk of the Town. Revivals. The New Yorker. 84 (36): 34–35. 
  • — (November 1, 2010). "High kicks". The Talk of the Town. The Boards. The New Yorker. 86 (34): 42. [2]
  • — (January 2, 2012). "Second Act". The Talk of the Town. Ink. The New Yorker. 87 (42): 22. [3]
  • — (November 26, 2012). "In character". The Talk of the Town. Haunts. The New Yorker. 88 (37): 20–21. [4]
  • — (December 3, 2012). "Skyping John Malkovitch". The Talk of the Town. Brave New World Dept. The New Yorker. 88 (38): 38, 40. 
  • — (January 14, 2013). "Prison tale". The Talk of the Town. The Pictures. The New Yorker. 88 (43): 20, 22. 
  • — (February 4, 2013). "In the box". The Talk of the Town. The Sporting Life. The New Yorker. 88 (46): 22. [5]
  • — (February 4, 2013). "Home economics : can an entrepreneur's audacious plan fix the mortgage mess?". Letter from California. The New Yorker. 88 (46): 26–31. 
  • — (March 11, 2013). "Fussbudget vérité". The Talk of the Town. The Pictures. The New Yorker. 89 (4): 20–21. 
  • — (March 25, 2013). "Guy's guy". The Talk of the Town. The Pictures. The New Yorker. 89 (6): 40, 42. 
  • — (May 6, 2013). "Agent Emmerich". The Talk of the Town. Backstory. The New Yorker. 89 (12): 24, 27. 
  • — (May 13, 2013). "Life project". The Talk of the Town. The Pictures. The New Yorker. 89 (13): 25. [6]
  • — (June 3, 2013). "Framers reframed". The Talk of the Town. On Closer Inspection. The New Yorker. 89 (16): 21.  Colin Quinn.
  • — (July 1, 2013). "Unsung". The Talk of the Town. Dept. of Breakthroughs. The New Yorker. 89 (19): 21–22.  Darlene Love.
  • — (July 22, 2013). "Surface, not depth". The Talk of the Town. The Pictures. The New Yorker. 89 (21): 24–25. 
  • — (September 30, 2013). "Selfless". The Talk of the Town. The Pictures. The New Yorker. 89 (30): 24–25. 
  • — (December 23–30, 2013). "Swagger". The Talk of the Town. The Pictures. The New Yorker. 89 (42): 43.  Alice Eve.
  • — (January 6, 2014). "Alleyman". The Talk of the Town. The Pictures. The New Yorker. 89 (43): 20–21.  Paul Rudd.
  • — (February 3, 2014). "All grown up". The Talk of the Town. The Pictures. The New Yorker. 89 (47): 24–25.  Jonah Hill.
  • — (February 10, 2014). "Thicker than water : a Nantucket family's trial at sea". A Reporter at Large. The New Yorker. 89 (48): 42–51. [7]
  • — (March 17, 2014). "Heavy weather : Darren Aronofsky gets Biblical". Profiles. The New Yorker. 90 (4): 46–57. 
  • — (March 31, 2014). "Pep talk". The Talk of the Town. Blood Brothers. The New Yorker. 90 (6): 19–20. 
  • — (June 2, 2014). "Checkered". The Talk of the Town. The Artistic Life. The New Yorker. 90 (15): 25–26.  Harmony Korine.
  • — (July 28, 2014). "Honey dance". The Talk of the Town. Long, Strange Trip. The New Yorker. 90 (21): 24.  Burt Shavitz of Burt's Bees.
  • — (May 18, 2015). "Game". The Talk of the Town. The Pictures. The New Yorker. 91 (13): 36. 
  • — (May 18, 2015). "Tomorrow's advance man : Marc Andreessen's plan to win the future". Letter from California. The New Yorker. 91 (13): 58–73. 
  • — (July 27, 2015). "Shelling up". The Talk of the Town. The Pictures. The New Yorker. 91 (21): 20. 
  • — (March 7, 2016). "Lady Television". The Talk of the Town. Sing-Alongs. The New Yorker. 92 (4): 19–20.  Alison Pill.
  • — (March 21, 2016). "Do-over". The Talk of the Town. The Pictures. The New Yorker. 92 (6): 33–34.  Richard Linklater.
  • — (June 20, 2016). "Ghost editor". The Talk of the Town. The Pictures. The New Yorker. 92 (18): 23. 
  • — (October 10, 2016). "Adding a zero : is Y Combinator's Sam Altman fixing the world, or trying to take over Silicon Valley?". Profiles. The New Yorker. 92 (32): 68–83. [8]
  • — (November 7, 2016). "Apologizer". The Talk of the Town. The Pictures. The New Yorker. 92 (36): 17–18.  Laura Dern.[9]
  • — (June 19, 2017). "Pulverizer". The Talk of the Town. Comeback Dept. The New Yorker. 93 (17): 21–22. [10]
  • — (August 21, 2017). "Nine lives". The Talk of the Town. The Pictures. The New Yorker. 93 (24): 19. [11]
  • — (October 30, 2017). "Performance capture". The Talk of the Town. The Pictures. The New Yorker. 93 (34): 19. [12]

InterviewsEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Contributors: Tad Friend". The New Yorker. n.d. 
  2. ^ Discusses Molly Shannon in Neil Simon's Promises, Promises.
  3. ^ Discusses Heather Donahue.
  4. ^ Bryan Cranston revisits the Upper West Side.
  5. ^ Discusses squash champs Nick Matthew and James Willstrop.
  6. ^ Discusses Ethan Hawke.
  7. ^ Discusses Jason Mleczko.
  8. ^ Online version is titled "Sam Altman's manifest destiny".
  9. ^ Online version is titled "Laura Dern's Literary Sensibility".
  10. ^ Online version is titled "From John Hughes to Michael Flynn".
  11. ^ Online version is titled "Hampton Fancher on the edge of fame".
  12. ^ Online version is titled "Andy Serkis's miniature worlds".

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