Sometimes people are put in the unfortunate position of having to figure out who I am, so here is a cheat sheet to that! Question number one: it is pronounced "Cory."

I'm currently editor-at-large at New York Magazine. My author page is here but I have a very irregular email list that I use when I publish something that's not terrible; you can sign up here easily. For no reason, I post my worst half-baked thoughts on Twitter if that's easier for you.

Before that, I was the editor for the Styles desk of The New York Times, which covered social and generational change and power, and housed the the Fashion News and Society News units (that's the wedding announcements and Vows and more!) and also Modern Love.

For a time I wrote an advice column in the Business section of The Times called Work Friend. It got a lot of hate mail! Prior to that, I managed publishing partnerships across Vox Media (publishers of, The Verge, SB Nation, Eater, Curbed, Racked, Polygon, and Recode), helping those brands succeed with Facebook, Google, Snapchat, Apple, and Twitter.

In 2003, after years of amateur blogging, I left my civilian job to spend a year as the editor of Gawker. In 2005: I was an editor at the New York Observer. In 2007: another stint as Gawker editor. In 2009: co-founded The Awl, The Hairpin, Splitsider and The Billfold, a family of profitable, independent web publications. In 2013: published Very Recent History, a nonfiction book of reporting. Sometime in there I ran a Q&A column for Hollywood folk in the LA Times, and wrote features for places like Maxim, Details and Marie Claire UK. (Guess which one paid best!) Also, was a columnist for Bookforum. I am sometimes an "adjunct assistant professor" in the Arts and Culture program of Columbia University's Journalism School MA program; that means I work one-on-one with students on their Master's Theses. I'm not really sure if you capitalize that, and I'm represented by PJ Mark at Janklow & Nesbit.

Not really recently but:

A profile of Ina Garten for Eater

Mission Demolished, for the last day of Gawker

A story about naked men and locker rooms for the New York Times

I wrote about not smoking for the New York Times Mens' Styles section

In praise of Summer Fridays for the New York Times Magazine

A conversation with Ursula Le Guin for Interview

A review of "The Magicians" Trilogy for Slate

An introduction to Henry James's The Reverberator that I wrote for Melville House

A review of Jon Ronson's So You've Been Publicly Shamed for the NY Times Book Review

On New York City

New York Is Better Than Ever -- And It Sucks, a weird thing for New York magazine

We Love Penn Station, a NY Times op-ed

What Happened To New York: A History Of The 00's So Far, in Gawker

Where Have All the Cockroaches Gone?, NY Observer

In Jared's Cottage, NY Observer

Chitty Chitty Bang Rent, NY Observer

The Great Gay Outdoors, NY Observer

The Invention of the High Line, NY Observer

A profile of David Patrick Columbia, NY Observer

On Arts and culture

A profile of Alec Baldwin for the LA Times

Lindsay Lohan At 18, for the LA Times

Table of Contents, for Matter

Oscar Speeches, for the NY Times

Cat Got Your Brain, NY Times

Tracey Emin at 42, for the New York Observer

Mike Leigh and Scott Elliott, for the New York Observer

A profile of Miami Beach party king Steve Berke for Maxim

A little thing on Joy Williams, for Slate)

The Methods of Arianna Huffington, for Bookforum

The Stories of Le Guin, for Slate

I, Narcissus, for the NYT Book Review

One Book at a Time, for the NY Observer

Public conversations and talks

• Eileen Myles, McNally Jackson

• Daniel Mendelsohn, BookCourt

• Amy Sohn, WORD Books

• Joss Whedon, Brooklyn Academy of Music

• Ben Dolnick, Greenlight Books

• Renata Adler, McNally Jackson

• Lev Grossman, McNally Jackson and at BookCourt

• "Is the Internet Getting Stupider?" at The Lost Lectures

• "Whatever happened to 'the queen of the homosexuals'?" at NewYorkScapes, A Symposium on Research Development, Digital Archives, and Documentary Practices, NYU

• "Elevations: New York City, Topography and Wealth" at Washington Square Arts Club

Reviews of Very Recent History

The Stranger

The New Yorker

Entertainment Weekly


The New Yorker