Margaret Talbot is an American essayist and non-fiction writer. She is also the daughter of the veteran Warner Bros. actor Lyle Talbot, whom she profiled in an October 2012 The New Yorker article and in her book The Entertainer: Movies, Magic and My Father's Twentieth Century (Riverhead Books, 2012).
She is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She has also written for The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, and The Atlantic Monthly. and was a regular panelist on the Slate podcast "The DoubleX Gabfest".
Her first book, The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century, was published in November 2012 by Riverhead.
She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, journalist and author Arthur Allen (Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver; Ripe: The Search for the Perfect Tomato) and their two children.
Her brothers are both journalists. Stephen Talbot is a long-time documentary producer for public television (Frontline, Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders) and David Talbot is the founder of Salon.com, the author of Brothers about Robert and John Kennedy, and Season of the Witch about San Francisco in the 1970s.
Her brother Stephen Talbot had a regular role on Leave It to Beaver as Beaver's best friend Gilbert Bates.
- 1999 Whiting Award
Essays and reporting
- Talbot, Margaret (January 9, 2000). "The placebo prescription". Magazine. The New York Times.
- — (February 24, 2002). "Girls just want to be mean". Magazine. The New York Times.
- — (March 30, 2003). "A woman's work?". Magazine. The New York Times.
- "Red Sex, Blue Sex", The New Yorker, November 3, 2008
- "Courage in Profiles", The Washington Monthly, January/February 2009
- "Brain Gain", The New Yorker, April 27, 2009
- Talbot, Margaret (January 2, 2012). "Stumptown Girl". Onward and Upward with the Arts. The New Yorker. 87 (42): 24–29. Portlandia, Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen
- — (April 16, 2012). "Girls will be Girls". The Talk of the Town. Comment. The New Yorker. 88 (9): 39–40. Lena Dunham's Girls.
- — (March 18, 2013). "About a boy : transgender surgery at sixteen". A Reporter at Large. The New Yorker. 89 (5): 56–65.
- — (April 15, 2013). "Shots in the dark". The Talk of the Town. Comment. The New Yorker. 89 (9): 21–22.
- — (May 13, 2013). "Game change". The Talk of the Town. Comment. The New Yorker. 89 (13): 21–22.
- — (February 16, 2015). "Not immune". The Talk of the Town. Comment. The New Yorker. 91 (1): 19–20. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
- — (December 19–26, 2016). "Women in the White House". The Talk of the Town. Comment. The New Yorker. 92 (42): 43–44.
- Matt Ridley, ed. (2002). The Best American Science Writing 2002. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-093650-1.
- Talbot, Margaret (2005). "Material Girls". In Camille Peri, Kate Moses. Because I Said So: 33 Mothers Write about Children, Sex, Men, Aging, Faith, Race, and Themselves. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-059878-5.
- Talbot, Margaret (October 1, 2012). "The Screen Test". The New Yorker: 32–37.
- 30, March. The New York Times http://query.nytimes.com/search/sitesearch?query=Margaret+Talbot&more=date_all. Retrieved May 12, 2010. Missing or empty