On this episode of 18 to 49, Alaia is joined by Dana Schwartz, correspondent at Entertainment Weekly and author of the new book CHOOSE YOUR OWN DISASTER. They chat about what inspired Dana to write the book, the unique (and fun) format and the messiness of trying to figure your life out in your 20’s. CYOD is sharp, witty and unflinchingly honest (probably why she asked her parents not to read it…). The ladies also touch on the challenges of staying on brand, what its like to see celebrities and the not so great parts of online dating.
Dana Schwartz is a correspondent at Entertainment Weekly, based in Los Angeles. She’s written for The New Yorker, The Guardian, the New York Observer, Marie Claire, Glamour, Mic, GQ, VICE, and more. Her new memoir, CHOOSE YOUR OWN DISASTER was just released. (Tip: get it in paperback so you can flip around!)
She created a parody Twitter account called @GuyInYourMFAbased on the people she’s encountered in fiction workshops, and another one called @DystopianYA about the tropes in all of the young adult fiction books she’s read. Her own (non-dystopian) YA book (AND WE’RE OFF) was published May 2017 by Penguin/Razorbil.
18 to 49 is back with all new episodes! This week, Alaia is joined by L’Oreal Payton Thompson of LT In the City to dish all about the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. It was a topic Alaia was content to avoid, but internet chatter left her no choice. LT is a feminist who is admittedly in love with love, making her the perfect guest to complement Alaia’s skepticism.
L’Oreal Thompson Payton is a Baltimore-bred, Chicago-based freelance writer and blogger with a passion for empowering women and girls. When she’s not busy writing, she can usually be found reading, dancing or binge-watching Beyoncé videos on Instagram.
10/13 is a special date for fans of The X-Files. For those not in the know, its the birthday of creator Chris Carter, and the name of his production company (“I made this!”).
On this special day, Alaia is joined by two of her best X-Files loving friends, Faiza and Justin, to discuss Season 10 – with a twist. The series order was rearranged before the episodes aired. Before recording, the trio watched in the originally intended order.
You’ll learn how these three friends found the show and get insights into what impact watching S10 in the original order had (hint, its better).