On Sale October 22, 2019


THE PROBLEM WITH EVERYTHING, coming this October from Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books, is a poignant and powerful account of today’s social and political landscape. Wrestling with cognitive dissonance as well as a sense of Gen X obsolescence, Meghan Daum attempts to make sense of the current zeitgeist, taking on what she calls “the problem with everything,” a concept she discussed in her August 2018 viral Medium article, Nuance: A Love Story. In a voice that is thoughtful, funny, and bold without being gratuitously provocative, she addresses the Trump resistance, the Kavanaugh hearings, #MeToo, identity politics, women’s marches, sexual assault on college campuses, the “free speech wars,” the benefits and perils of social media, the role of comedy and, above all, the delicate interplay between human vulnerability and human resilience. The Problem With Everything is, at its root, a book about nuance—about calling out tribalistic click-bait and finding a way back to rational thought and intellectual honesty. Along the way, Meghan offers a crucial theory about the divide between Gen Xers, who (in her opinion) fetishize toughness, and Millennials, who fetishize fairness.

“This book is about the conflicted and tortured state of liberalism generally and feminism in particular,” Meghan writes. “But it’s also a personal story of feeling existentially unmoored against the backdrop of a country falling apart. It’s a story about aging and feeling obsolete and the world spins madly—and maddeningly—on.”

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Meghan Daum is the author of five books, including the forthcoming The Problem With Everything: My Journey Through The New Culture Wars. Her last book was the collection of original essays The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, which won the 2015 PEN Center USA Award for creative nonfiction. She is also the editor of the New York Times bestseller Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not To Have Kids. Her other books include the essay collection My Misspent Youth, the novel The Quality of Life Report, and Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a memoir.

Meghan currently writes a biweekly column for Medium. For more than a decade, she was an opinion columnist for The Los Angeles Times. Her work has also appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and Vogue. She is an adjunct associate professor in the Graduate Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts (where she was once a student herself). A longtime Angeleno, she currently lives in New York City but constantly says she’s returning to Los Angeles soon.