Tad Friend

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This article is about the journalist. For the historian, see Theodore 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".

Biography[edit]

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.

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Books[edit]

  • 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 and reporting[edit]

  • Friend, Tad (2006). "Inside the Coen heads". In Allen, William Rodney. 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.  Molly Shannon in Neil Simon's Promises, Promises.
  • — (January 2, 2012). "Second Act". The Talk of the Town. Ink. The New Yorker 87 (42): 22.  Heather Donahue.
  • — (November 26, 2012). "In character". The Talk of the Town. Haunts. The New Yorker 88 (37): 20–21.  Bryan Cranston revisits the Upper West Side.
  • — (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.  Squash champs Nick Matthew and James Willstrop.
  • — (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 13, 2013). "Life project". The Talk of the Town. The Pictures. The New Yorker 89 (13): 25.  Ethan Hawke.
  • — (June 3, 2013). "Framers reframed". The Talk of the Town. On Closer Inspection. The New Yorker 89 (16): 21.  Colin Quinn.
  • — (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.
  • — (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. 

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