Author Archives: 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.

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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Men in Books

In which Janet Steen stacks the contemporary male loser protagonist up against some literary men she’s loved in the past. Continue reading

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The Summer People Are Coming

In which Janet Steen lets the Summer People discover the joys of country life on their own. Continue reading

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The Stealth Fight Against Stupidity

In which Janet Steen dares to be smart — and shows us how. Continue reading

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Mother Love

Watching a parent age can be brutal, ridiculous, and sometimes downright amazing, Janet Steen writes. Try your best not to look away. Continue reading

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On Wanting to Make a Guy Bleed, and Why Freaks and Geeks Was the Best Television Show About High School Ever

In which Janet Steen remembers curling irons, drunken kisses, and the brilliance of “Freaks and Geeks.” Continue reading

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On Watching Downton Abbey in Jamaica with Richard the Night Watchman, and Other Musings

Lord Grantham in Jamaica, William James in the astral plane, and other unknowable things that Janet Steen has lately been pondering. Continue reading

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