Episode 106: Choose Your Own Disaster with Dana Schwartz

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.

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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 @GuyInYourMFA based 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.

Learn more about Dana and her work at danaschwartzdotcom.com