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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.)


PAGE SIX MAGAZINE



PAGE SIX MAGAZINE
Debate: Is it Pointless to Defend Your Online Reputation?
By Julia Allison

I don’t believe the internet should be a state of nature – but it is.  There is no justice here, and it’s futile to seek it within the traditional confines of a bricks and mortar court of law, not because it’s morally acceptable for people to defame you – for the record, it’s not – but because it’s a waste of time.  The legal system is just no match for the internet: you’ll lose.  And then what?  Your google cache will be [read more...]

PAGE SIX MAGAZINE



PAGE SIX MAGAZINE
Debate
By Julia Allison

Most New Yorkers’ reaction to Forbes ranking us #8 best city for singles was more or less universal bafflement.  Were there even seven other cities in the US??  With, uh, singles, that is?

Don’t get us wrong, we love Rankings.  Rankings mean there are Winners and, more importantly, Losers who are Not Us!  But we’re clearly the best city in which to be single  – so how could we have lost?  Well, Forbes obviously wasn’t evaluating on the right merits (duh). They factored in “culture” (we came in third, losing to [read more...]

HOW TO *REALLY* GET HAPPY



HOW TO *REALLY* GET HAPPY
DIVINE CAROLINE
SEPTEMBER 2009
BY JULIA ALLISON

It would be tough to argue that anything occupies a larger portion of our conscious “think time” than an endless quest for happiness.  And yet, despite this being the ostensible end goal for just about everything we do, we sure spend a lot of time … well … not feeling terribly happy.

Are we BAD at happiness?  Actually?  Yes.  We sort of are.  But it’s more complicated than that, of course.

There are two big fallacies about happiness, and letting go of both of them will allow you to [read more...]

RETHINKING HAPPINESS



RETHINKING HAPPINESS
DIVINE CAROLINE
AUGUST 2009
BY JULIA ALLISON

I have an apartment the size of most people’s bathrooms. My income stream is not terribly large, and often unsteady. I haven’t had a relationship which lasted longer than six months in the last two and a half years. And people who have never met me feel obligated to write unfavorable things about my personality, appearance, and life choices.

But I’m happy.  Because I don’t think about things that way.  I think about them like this:

Yes, I have an apartment the size of most people’s bathrooms—but it’s new and it’s [read more...]

MATCHMAKER, MATCHMAKER: CAN A DATING SPECIALIST HELP ME?



MATCHMAKER, MATCHMAKER: CAN A DATING SPECIALIST HELP ME?
TIME OUT NEW YORK
FEBRUARY 5-11, 2009
BY JULIA ALLISON

My dating life was stale, and I knew it.  I had just broken up with a guy I really liked, and my disappointment over our ignoble end colluded with a worrisome lack of, uhhh …  “backup plans,” leaving me dangerously close to a debilitating dating depression.

I had man-ertia, and I needed professional help.

Manertia, noun. When one’s dating life is no longer new, interesting or exciting, and continues in its existing state of extreme banality in a straight line, unless that [read more...]

THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF TEXTING



THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF TEXTING
TIME OUT NEW YORK
JANUARY 15-20, 2009
BY JULIA ALLISON
 

“Sexxx tonight? yes ot no?” That’s an actual text received by Alexa, 28. Unsurprisingly, she went with the latter option.

Sure, everyone makes mistakes, but the art of woo-texting requires finesse. No matter the medium, typos, jargon and lingo are major turnoffs. Trying to get me to come over? Don’t spell cool with a k, k?

Sound harsh? Whatever. This is Manhattan, people. The land of the OBO (“or better offer”). The city of BBD (“bigger, better deals”). Bottom line: Get your texting game straight. (Not str8.)

Text [read more...]

HOLIDATES THAT DON’T SUCK: ‘TIS THE SEASON FOR ROMANCE AND JOY 



HOLIDATES THAT DON’T SUCK: ‘TIS THE SEASON FOR ROMANCE AND JOY 
TIME OUT NEW YORK
DECEMBER 4-10, 2008
BY JULIA ALLISON
 

Some of us might enjoy celebrating the holidays, if only we could figure out how to do it without surrendering our hard-earned, jaded personas (the ones we think telegraph NYC pride) or feeling badly about not being in love at Christmastime.

It’s a shame to hand over the city to out-of-towners and cheesy lovebirds for the entire month of December because we can’t stand all of the schmaltzy tourist traps. Instead of gliding around an ice-skating rink, nervously holding [read more...]

Q&A WITH ROCCO DISPIRITO – WE GRILL THE CELEBUCHEF ABOUT LOVE, LIFE AND (NOT) DOING IT ATOP THE PREP STATION



Q&A WITH ROCCO DISPIRITO – WE GRILL THE CELEBUCHEF ABOUT LOVE, LIFE AND (NOT) DOING IT ATOP THE PREP STATION
TIME OUT NEW YORK
OCTOBER 30-NOVEMBER 5, 2008
BY JULIA ALLISON

“Rocco’s in L.A. on Thursday, in Chicago on Friday, in New York on Saturday, then back in L.A. on Sunday,” his team explains to me.

“When will he return to New York?” I ask.

“We have no idea.”

This is the life of the Young Turk Celebrity Chef. Airline food (the irony!) and a lot of cameras.

When Union Pacific — the late Manhattan restaurant that made Rocco famous [read more...]

HOOKING UP WITH: PROFESSORS



HOOKING UP WITH: PROFESSORS
TIME OUT NEW YORK
OCTOBER 23-29, 2008
BY JULIA ALLISON
 

Professors’ wives may be the only segment of American society left untapped for the bright(ish) lights of reality-show infamy, but that doesn’t mean they’re not worthy. Joanne Rendell’s new novel, The Professors’ Wives’ Club, proves that the students aren’t the only ones steaming things up. Although a work of fiction, the book has been well researched: Rendell, 34, lives in a real NYU dorm and is herself a professor’s wife—her husband is a member of the faculty at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

Professors’ wives are [read more...]

HOOKING UP WITH: FIREMEN



HOOKING UP WITH: FIREMEN
TIME OUT NEW YORK
SEPTEMBER 19-25, 2008
BY JULIA ALLISON
 

The intense screeching from overly made-up girls pierces my ears as I walk into Turtle Bay, a red-lacquer divey bar on the corner of Second Avenue and 52nd Street. It’s the launch party for the City of the Brave Firefighters of NYC 2009 Calendar, and firemen—along with the women who love them—are densely packed, muscle to cleavage.

“Women come here to mingle with the men,” the PR rep explains to me as I swipe two calendars (one for the bathroom!). It does not disappoint: Each month [read more...]