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Dana Stevens (critic)

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Dana Stevens
Stevens in 2022
Born (1966-06-30) June 30, 1966 (age 57)
Other namesLiz Penn
EducationVassar College (BA)
University of California, Berkeley (PhD)
OccupationFilm critic
Notable credit(s)Slate magazine, Culture Gabfest

Dana Shawn Stevens (born June 30, 1966)[citation needed] is an American film critic who writes for Slate.[1] She is also a cohost of the magazine's weekly cultural podcast, the Culture Gabfest.[2] She is the author of a 2022 book about Buster Keaton and the 20th century titled Camera Man: Buster Keaton, the Dawn of Cinema, and the Invention of the Twentieth Century.[3][4][5]

Life and career[edit]

Stevens grew up in Scarsdale, New York;[6] and San Antonio, Texas.[7][8] She graduated from Vassar College and 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.[9] Before joining Slate she wrote under the pseudonym "Liz Penn" on her own (now-defunct) website/blog called the High Sign.[6] She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post Book World, Bookforum, and The Atlantic[9] and has appeared on several occasions on Charlie Rose and The Brian Lehrer Show. She is a regular on Slate's Culture Gabfest.[10]

Stevens has described herself as "an atheist raised in culturally Christian milieu".[11] She lives in Brooklyn, New York.[9]


  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". twitter.com. 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. ^ Camera Man. Simon & Schuster. 2022-01-25. ISBN 978-1-5011-3419-7.
  6. ^ a b "Liz Penn, Writer/TV Critic". Gothamist. Archived from the original on March 15, 2010. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  7. ^ "Extract, film review podcast @3:00min". Spoiler Special Podcast. Slate.com. September 3, 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  8. ^ Stevens, Dana (20 Mar 2012). "ladiesofboston @thehighsign is this u Dana from Boston?". Twitter.com. @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.
  9. ^ a b c "Who We Are". Slate. Archived from the original on June 23, 2011. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  10. ^ "Dana Stevens". Retrieved 2015-01-25.
  11. ^ Stevens, Dana (September 18, 2007). "Films of Atonement". Jewcy. Retrieved June 21, 2011.

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