Meghan Daum was born in California and grew up primarily on the East Coast. She is the author of the cult favorite essay collection,“My Misspent Youth,” as well as a novel, a memoir and a forthcoming book of original essays, “The Unspeakable . . . And Other Subjects of Discussion,” to be published in November 2014. She has written for numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper’s, and Vogue, and contributed to the public radio programs “Morning Edition,” “Marketplace” and “This American Life.” Her column has run on the Op-Ed page since 2005.