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Tad Friend
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Tad Friend has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998. He contributes to the magazine’s Letter from California and has examined the venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, Silicon Valley’s quest for eternal life, and Donald Glover, among many other subjects. His piece on suicides at the Golden Gate Bridge, “Jumpers,” inspired the documentary film “The Bridge” and the Sleater-Kinney song “Jumpers.” His work has been chosen for “The Best American Travel Writing,” “The Best American Sports Writing,” “The Best American Crime Reporting,” and “The Best Technology Writing.” In 2020, he won a James Beard Award for feature writing for an article about meatless meats. He is the author of a memoir, “Cheerful Money: Me, My Family, and the Last Days of Wasp Splendor,” and “Lost in Mongolia: Travels in Hollywood and Other Foreign Lands,” a collection of his articles. Previously, he was a contributing editor at Esquire and Outside.
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A Reporter at LargeSeptember 30, 2019 Issue
Can a Burger Help Solve Climate Change?
Eating meat creates huge environmental costs. Impossible Foods thinks it has a solution.
By Tad FriendSeptember 23, 2019
Letter from HollywoodMarch 18, 2019 Issue
Bill Hader Kills
With “Barry,” his bleakly funny TV show, Hollywood’s favorite impressionist reinvents himself as a writer-director.
By Tad FriendMarch 11, 2019
The Political SceneNovember 5, 2018 Issue
Gavin Newsom, the Next Head of the California Resistance
Like many Democrats in the Trump era, Newsom aims to harness the alarm of moderates, the rage of progressives, and the widespread yearning for a new politics.
By Tad FriendOctober 29, 2018
Dept. of SpeculationMay 14, 2018 Issue
How Frightened Should We Be of A.I.?
Thinking about artificial intelligence can help clarify what makes us human—for better and for worse.
By Tad FriendMay 7, 2018
ProfilesMarch 5, 2018 Issue
Donald Glover Can’t Save You
The creator of “Atlanta” wants TV to tell hard truths. Is the audience ready?
By Tad FriendFebruary 26, 2018
The PicturesDecember 11, 2017 Issue
“Mudbound” Director Dee Rees Cracks the Video-Game Code
Her third feature brought her freedom from student debt and some free time to relax with West of Loathing.
By Tad FriendDecember 4, 2017
Second ActNovember 27, 2017 Issue
Maggie Betts on Nuns Jilted by God
In “Novitiate,” the writer-director takes an unexpectedly sensual look at convent life.
By Tad FriendNovember 20, 2017
Dept. of Human ResourcesNovember 20, 2017 Issue
Why Ageism Never Gets Old
The prejudice is an ancient habit, but new forces—in Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and beyond—have restored its youthful vitality.
By Tad FriendNovember 13, 2017
The PicturesOctober 30, 2017 Issue
Andy Serkis’s Miniature Worlds
The actor visits an exhibit of models in Times Square. Pointing to the Empire State Building, he said, “I’ve already been on top of that.”
By Tad FriendOctober 23, 2017
The PicturesSeptember 25, 2017 Issue
Peter Landesman’s Picture of Heroism
In his new film, “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House,” the writer-director delivers a complex portrait of Deep Throat.
By Tad FriendSeptember 18, 2017
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