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IMG_3266 - Version 2With a focus on culture, subculture, and human interest stories, I’ve written on everything from Subway dining with Justin Bieber to savoring truffles with Alain Ducasse; from waiting out a blizzard at a homeless encampment to panhandling with St. Marks punks; from women and drinking to dating in nursing homes.

My stories have appeared in New York (where I am a Contributing Editor), Rolling Stone (where I’m a frequent contributor), Details, Glamour, Telegraph (UK), Marie Claire (Australia), and Southern Living, among many others. Anthologie info TK.

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, I graduated from Dartmouth College in 2002 with a degree in English. After completing the Columbia Publishing Course, I worked as an editorial assistant for Penguin’s Riverhead imprint and then as an assistant editor at Random House. The first story idea I pitched to New York magazine led to an assignment that became the cover story of the February 6, 2006 issue.  Since then, I’ve worked steadily as a freelance writer and reporter. I live in Brooklyn with my husband and an ever-growing pile of magazines and books that threatens to one day overtake us.

4 Responses to about

  1. Hi Alex
    Loved your article in Rolling Stone on Millenials- the editor from Paychotherapy Networker magazine called to let me know you mentioned my article and my book, “The New Monogamy.” I appreciated so much your recognition of the movement that has happened around this revolution in relationships.

    i liked your thoughts about the hooking up generation and it made me reflect on all of the couples I work with as well, of all ages. I think it’s not just happening in young people- (I see it in what I call “suburban monogamy” as well, a sort of emotional monogamy with open sexual behaviors in what would appear to be conservative, married couples – the head of the PTA and her husband, for instance, who on the weekends have sex with their couple friends when the kids are at a play date.)

    I would love to talk more with you and am happy to send you a signed copy of my book, The New Monogamy. Please send me a mailing address to forward it to you.

    And thanks again for your article, I will blog about it and send it to all of my social media contacts on FB and Twitter, etc.

    My email is tammy@drtammynelson.com and my cell is 203-942-9616. I would love to talk more with you about another piece when you have time, about monogamy agreements, erotic recovery after infidelity, sexuality and the new monogamy- there is so much here.
    You are right on the cusp of such a hot topic, and your article was brilliantly written.
    Bravo.

    Warmly,
    Dr Tammy Nelson

  2. Alex

    Not sure why I am receiving my comments to you as a comment to me in my in-box, but I am taking this as a sign that I should resend it to you.

    Thanks again for your time.

    Dr Tammy Nelson

  3. Alex,

    Great piece in Rolling Stone. I am a trans woman, and Laura Jane Grace is one of my few role models. (Most trans folk are so battered that genuineness is frequently a casualty.) You revealed a new dimension to her, tender and brave, for which I am grateful.

    I wonder, if you’re in touch with Laura Jane, if you’d do me the favor of forwarding to her this link to a piece I wrote for The American Scholar, which contains a tribute to her: https://theamericanscholar.org/positive-deviance/#.V9TFCpMrKfQ

    I’d be most grateful.

    Thank you again for your article, and continued success to you,
    Diana Goetsch

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