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After graduating from Georgetown in 2004 with a spectacularly unprofitable degree in political science, I moved to New York with the highly original idea of “becoming a writer.” I was promptly rejected from a job at Bath & Body Works. Seriously. Shortly thereafter, I convinced an editor at the Manhattan newspaper AM New York to begin running my weekly dating columns, which I wrote until Spring 2007, at which point I started as Time Out New York’s dating columnist (I get around). I stayed there until 2009.

Along the way, I have written for Cosmopolitan, Maxim, Newsweek, New York magazine, The Guardian UK, The Huffington Post, Nerve, Page Six magazine, Marie Claire UK, Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Capitol File, Michigan Avenue, Men’s Health (and a monthly dating column in COED magazine for two years, from 2004-2006).

In 2010 I signed a deal with Tribune Media Services in Chicago, and my internationally syndicated technology and social media column, “Social Studies,” debuted in 2011. It ran in newspapers around the world, including the Chicago Tribune, Florida’s City Link, The Telegraph in Calcutta India, The Korea Herald, and many others.

In November of 2011, I signed on as a contributor to ELLE.com to write a dating column called Guinea Pig of Love, in which I go around trying to find out why the hell I can’t have a healthy relationship. It’s fun! You should read it.

In the meantime, check out a few of my published articles from the last decade below …

(One caveat: I’m currently in the process of uploading all of my writing from the past three years, including my ELLE columns and my Tribune Media Social Studies tech columns, as well as a few other stragglers. I know, I know, you’re waiting with bated breath.)


SKIP THE HATING ON VALENTINE’S DAY



SKIP THE HATING ON VALENTINE’S DAY
AM NEW YORK – “THE DATING LIFE”
FEBRUARY 12, 2007
BY JULIA ALLISON

Last week I received an e-mail from a reader named Maria, who wrote that Valentine’s Day made her “want to vomit.” She and most of her friends were single, she explained, and they found it “gross how people try to have a booty call or boyfriend” just in time for this particular holiday.

She ended her missive with a plea: “Is there any way you could write something not cheesy but not so bashing for this time of year?” Hmmm. Not cheesy [read more...]

GOING FOR THE BEST VALENTINE’S DAY EVER



GOING FOR THE BEST VALENTINE’S DAY EVER
AM NEW YORK – “THE DATING LIFE”
FEBRUARY 5, 2007
BY JULIA ALLISON

No holiday so polarizes the American public quite like Valentine’s Day.

Arousing both derision and delight (sometimes simultaneously), we can’t quite figure out whether we love or hate it. Is it a sweet chance to celebrate romance or yet another occasion designed to pressure anxious men, bolstering Hallmark’s bottom line?

“It’s pointless,” says Sean, 25, “because there’s an inherent need to be the best at gift giving. Either you’re trying to beat what the last dude gave her, or you’re [read more...]

DROPPING POUNDS ALONG WITH AN EX



DROPPING POUNDS ALONG WITH AN EX
AM NEW YORK – “THE DATING LIFE”
JANUARY 29, 2007
BY JULIA ALLISON

The truth is, I haven’t been to the gym in over six months; my membership got cancelled in August, along with The (Ex) Boyfriend. And yet the number on the scale today is finally — FINALLY — the same as it was when I first moved to New York a little over two years ago. What happened?

Only the most effective weight loss strategy in the history of the world: the Break Up Diet.

There are various incarnations to The Break [read more...]

CHATTING UP PLAYBOY’S SEXPERT



CHATTING UP PLAYBOY’S SEXPERT
AM NEW YORK – “THE DATING LIFE”
JANUARY 22, 2007
BY JULIA ALLISON

Since 1960, Playboy’s Advisor column has promised to answer “all reasonable questions from fashion, food and drink, stereo and sports cars to dating dilemmas, taste and etiquette.” However, this is Playboy, and despite the magazine’s dogged insistence that “a person interested only in sex isn’t very interesting,” most of their readers are very interested in sex indeed.

Unsurprisingly, at least 60% of the Advisor questions center on relations between men and women – from orgasms to affairs, STDs to swingers, getting hitched to rejoining single [read more...]

WILD OR CHASTE IN 2007?



WILD OR CHASTE IN 2007?
AM NEW YORK – “THE DATING LIFE”
JANUARY 8, 2007
BY JULIA ALLISON

Last year at this time, I recommended that my readers overhaul their “dating modus operandi” — put an end to the same-old, same-old romantic blahs and try something completely unprecedented.

For some reason, a disproportionate percentage of my male readers took that to mean they should attempt a 2006 menage a trois. Sigh.

I  suppose I have only myself to blame — the column did end with a glib call to engage in that particular sexual act. To be honest, although I was [read more...]

WHEN HIS FAMILY HATES YOU



WHEN HIS FAMILY HATES YOU
COSMOPOLITAN
JANUARY 2007
BY JULIA ALLISON

I’ve heard there are families who welcome their sons’ girlfriends with open arms, waiting eagerly for the day when they’ll announce an impending wedding.  I wouldn’t know.  The guys I date have relatives who would be more than happy to throw a party for us – as long as it’s in honor of our break-up.

Of course, I’m not alone with this problem; families have disliked their sons’ gals for centuries.  His mother thinks no one is good enough for her baby, his father can’t stop talking about pre-nups [read more...]

Day 7: *FINAL* Holiday Party Crash – Wenner Media


Jann’s tree has mag covers – mine has condoms.  To each his own.

I’ve officially completed my party-crashing duties and am now safely ensconced in my Chicago childhood home for a week, forced to decorate trees and walk dogs and such.  Fine.  I don’t care what I have to do, as long as it doesn’t involve A) wearing makeup B) talking to strangers C) flirting with bouncers or D) waking up at 6:30 am.  Okay, fine.  waking up at any point in the AM …

Read the final party crash below, or [read more...]

OFFICE PARTY PATROL: NO BAND, LITTLE BOOZE, BUT GOOD FOOD (FOR MUNCHIES?) AT WENNER PARTY



OFFICE PARTY PATROL: NO BAND, LITTLE BOOZE, BUT GOOD FOOD (FOR MUNCHIES?) AT WENNER PARTY
NEW YORK MAGAZINE
DECEMBER 20, 2006
BY JULIA ALLISON

There was one last big blowout to catch before Holiday Party Season 2006 wound down: The annual Wenner Media extravaganza. With the bank busted on Rolling Stone’s 1,000th-issue celebration in May, this year’s holiday gathering was less glitzy in the past, with no big-name musical act slated to perform. But that didn’t stop indefatigable party reporter Julia Allison. Her wrap-up — her final wrap-up of the season — is after the jump …

It was easy to find [read more...]

OFFICE PARTY PATROL: EATING – AND EATING! – WITH ‘DAILY NEWS’; DRINKING AND DANCING WITH ‘STAR’



OFFICE PARTY PATROL: EATING – AND EATING! – WITH ‘DAILY NEWS’; DRINKING AND DANCING WITH ‘STAR’
NEW YORK MAGAZINE
DECEMBER 19, 2006
BY JULIA ALLISON


With less than a week left till Christmas, company-holiday-party season is nearing its end. But for a last few fabulous nights, it keeps going strong — and naturally crasher extraordinaire Julia Allison is there. Last night she hit the Daily News do at the Copa and the Star shindig at Dirty Disco. Which one had a face-painter? Which one had only caffeinated vodka? Julia’s reports await.

• The immense West Side dance club Copacabana seemed an odd choice for the [read more...]

Day 5: Holiday Party Crash – News Corp
(A Very Murdoch Xmas!)

While you were at your classy upper east side / swanky downtown / anywhere but Times Square holiday celebrations, I was hanging out with 8,000 News Corp proletariat.  And the Hilton security guard who snuck me in, then wrote me an email saying he was glad he met me, but that he realized he was "just one of your pawns in your pursuit for gossip."  Busted.  I would feel guilty, except that he was the only thing standing between me getting in, nabbing some quotes, and then collapsing into bed after going to [read more...]