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The six word version, per Not Quite What I Was Planning:  

Catholic girl. Jersey. It's all true. 

The longer version:  

I was born in and grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey. My three childhood role models were Brenda Starr, Nancy Drew, and Dawn. This all explains a tremendous amount.

I have a degree in Radio/Television/Film from Temple University. I've lived in Hoboken, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, and Brooklyn, eventually clawing my way to the island of Manhattan.  

I've been writing professionally for a long time. I've been a restaurant critic, a film critic, a web critic; I've doled out my assessments of television programs, sex props, and entire cities. I'm a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the Women's Film Critics Circle. I have very little formal training  for anything, but am quite good at giving my opinion. I've done it on

The Today Show
NBC Nightly News
MSNBC
Fox New York

Amampour
Reliable Sources
Talk of the Nation
The Brian Lehrer Show
The Takeaway

and more. I don't have a Pulitzer or a Nobel, but recently won a t-shirt, and Christiane Amampour  once called me one of the "bravest and most powerful women in the world," which is one the best things that ever happened.

My byline has appeared in  

Bust
Cosmopolitan
Fast Company
The Nation
The New York Observer
The New York Times
Parents
Salon.com
Smith
Time Out
New York
TV Guide
Wired
Women's Health
Working Mother
Yoga Journal  

and a lot of places that have gone out of business.  

I've also contributed to The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-changing Stories from 125 Writers Famous and Obscure, The Imperfect Mom: Candid Confessions of Mothers Living in the Real World (Broadway Books, 2006), The Complete Idiot's Guide to Movies, Flicks & Film, and The Salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors

I'm passionate about community, and the ways we all find each other. If you're bumping into me offline, chances are we're on the A train. You think you know uptown? Don't make me laugh. I am shooing away Canadian geese on my morning run. Really.

In 2010, I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. Since then, I've been writing a lot about cancer, and will gladly lecture you about wearing your sunscreen.

E.B. White said that no one should come to New York to live unless he is willing to be lucky. I am very, very lucky.