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.