Jia Tolentino

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Jia Tolentino
Born (1988-11-20) November 20, 1988 (age 30)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of Virginia
University of Michigan
OccupationWriter, editor
Years active2013–present
EmployerThe New Yorker
Home townHouston, Texas, U.S.

Jia Tolentino (born November 20, 1988) is a Canadian-born American writer and editor. She is a staff writer for The New Yorker.[1] She has previously worked as deputy editor of Jezebel and a contributing editor at The Hairpin.[2] Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine[3] and Pitchfork.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Tolentino was born in Toronto, Canada, to parents from the Philippines. When she was four years old they moved to Houston, Texas, and she grew up in a Southern Baptist community.[5][6][7][8][9] Tolentino attended an evangelical megachurch and a small Christian private school.[9] She has a younger brother.[9] Tolentino started elementary school early, and would graduate from high school as her class salutatorian.[9] Although she was admitted to Yale University, family financial concerns led her to instead enroll at the University of Virginia[10] in 2005,[11] where she was a Jefferson Scholar-Joseph Chappell Hutcheson Scholar.[12] While at the University of Virginia, she studied English, joined a sorority, and participated in an a cappella group.[9]

After graduating from UVA in 2009, she spent a year in the Peace Corps and served in Kyrgyzstan,[5] going on to earn an MFA from the University of Michigan.[13]

Career[edit]

Tolentino began writing working for The Hairpin in 2013, hired by then-editor-in-chief Emma Carmichael.[14][15] In 2014, Tolentino and Carmichael both moved to Jezebel, where Tolentino worked for two years before joining The New Yorker.[2]

Tolentino's work has won accolades writing across genres. Flavorwire called her a "go-to music source,"[16] while her first short story won the fall 2012 Raymond Carver Short Fiction Contest[17] and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.[18] She has also drawn attention for essays on topics like race in publishing,[19] marriage,[20] abortion,[21] and notions of female empowerment,[22] as well as for no-holds-barred music criticism: The A.V. Club admired "Tolentino's sick burns on Charlie Puth"[23] and Studio 360 observed that even in the near-universal panning of Magic!'s song "Rude", "no criticism has been quite as cutting as Jia Tolentino's."[24] Tolentino has reported extensively on the #MeToo movement.[25][26][27]

Tolentino published a collection of essays, in 2019, entitled "Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-delusion".[15] In her review in The New York Times, Maggie Doherty wrote: "Tolentino’s earnest ambivalence, expressed often throughout the book, is characteristic of millennial life-writing, and it can be contrasted with boomer self-satisfaction and Gen X disaffection in the same genre."

Personal life[edit]

Tolentino lives in New York City with her dog and her boyfriend, an architect whom she first met while at UVA.[9]

Bibliography[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Trick mirror : reflections on self-delusion. New York: Random House. 2019.

Essays and reporting[edit]

Cultural Comment columns from newyorker.com[edit]

Page-Turner columns from newyorker.com[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jia Tolentino". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on 2018-02-05. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  2. ^ a b Sterne, Peter (June 17, 2016). "New Yorker hires Jezebel deputy editor Jia Tolentino as web staff writer". Politico. Archived from the original on July 2, 2016. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  3. ^ Tolentino, Jia (10 March 2016). "'Marvin Gaye' Charlie Puth". The New York Times Magazine.
  4. ^ Tolentino, Jia (June 24, 2016). "Laura Mvula: The Dreaming Room Album Review". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on August 14, 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Gruss, Mike (Summer 2017). "Rising Star: Jia Tolentino has quickly made a name for herself as an essayist". Virginia Magazine. Archived from the original on 2018-02-07. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  6. ^ Tolentino, Jia. "The Most American Thing". New Yorker. Archived from the original on 31 August 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  7. ^ Tolentino, Jia. ""I'm a Canadian citizen"". Twitter. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  8. ^ Tolentino, Jia (March 31, 2017). "Mike Pence's Marriage and the Beliefs That Keep Women from Power". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on August 14, 2017. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Langmuir, Molly (2019-07-24). "Jia Tolentino Explains It All". ELLE. Archived from the original on 2019-08-13. Retrieved 2019-08-10.
  10. ^ "Longform: Longform Podcast #183: Jia Tolentino". Longform. Archived from the original on 2016-05-27. Retrieved 2016-07-03.
  11. ^ Tolentino, Jia (August 13, 2017). "Charlottesville and the Effort to Downplay Racism in America". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on August 13, 2017. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  12. ^ Hamilton, Heath (April 29, 2005). "Second Baptist student wins Jefferson Scholarship at the University of Virginia". Your Houston News. Archived from the original on June 10, 2016. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  13. ^ "Jia Tolentino - Jefferson Scholars Foundation". www.jeffersonscholars.org. Archived from the original on 2016-08-12. Retrieved 2016-07-03.
  14. ^ Tolentino, Jia. "Bye, I Hate It". Jezebel. Archived from the original on 2017-08-13. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  15. ^ a b Maggie Doherty (2019-08-04). "Jia Tolentino on the 'Unlivable Hell' of the Web and Other Millennial Conundrums". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2019-08-04. Retrieved 2019-08-04.
  16. ^ "Staff Picks: Flavorwire's Favorite Cultural Things This Week". Flavorwire. 5 March 2014. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  17. ^ Liang, Rio (May 15, 2013). "Q&A with Jia Tolentino". Carve Magazine. Archived from the original on August 15, 2016. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  18. ^ "Short Story Review: The Odyssey by Jia Tolentino". Fictionphile. 1 February 2013. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  19. ^ Bovy, Phoebe Maltz (12 October 2015). "White Male Writers: No Longer the Default, and Not Terribly Interesting". The New Republic. Archived from the original on 29 June 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  20. ^ Odell, Amy (30 December 2013). "Are We Seriously Still Judging Women Who Want to Get Married?". Cosmopolitan. Archived from the original on 13 August 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  21. ^ Tolentino, Jia. "Interview With a Woman Who Recently Had an Abortion at 32 Weeks". Jezebel. Archived from the original on 2018-10-13. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  22. ^ King-Miller, Lindsay (November 21, 2014). "Pretty Unnecessary: Taking beauty out of body positivity". Bitch Media. Archived from the original on April 19, 2016. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  23. ^ Dart, Chris (10 March 2016). "The New York Times' "Future Of Music" list discusses "the era of the song"". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on 9 July 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  24. ^ Rameswaram, Sean (August 26, 2014). "Sideshow Podcast: "Rude" by Magic! Is the Worst Best Song of the Summer". Studio 360. Archived from the original on September 19, 2016. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  25. ^ Waldman, Paul (2018-01-25). "Opinion | Happy Hour Roundup". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2018-01-31. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  26. ^ Chotiner, Isaac (2018-01-26). "I Have to Ask: The Jia Tolentino Edition". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Archived from the original on 2018-02-01. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  27. ^ Chotiner, Isaac. "The New Yorker's Jia Tolentino on How We're Missing the Real Issue of #MeToo". Slate Magazine. Archived from the original on 2018-01-30. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  28. ^ Online version is titled "Harvey Weinstein and the impunity of powerful men".
  29. ^ Online version is titled "Where millenials come from".
  30. ^ Online version is titled "Is there a smarter way to think about sexual assault on campus?".
  31. ^ Online version is titled "Losing religion and finding ecstasy in Houston".

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