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Heather Havrilesky

Heather Havrilesky is the author of the How to Be a Person in the World and the memoir Disaster Preparedness.

She writes New York Magazine’s weekly advice column “Ask Polly.” She wrote a cartoon called Filler for the web’s first daily publication,, and she was the TV critic for Salon for seven years. She has also written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Bookforum, and NPR’s All Things Considered, along with many other publications and anthologies.

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a loud assortment of dependents, most of them nondeductible.