Emily Yoffe

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Emily J. Yoffe (born October 15, 1955) is a journalist and a regular contributor to Slate magazine. She has also written for: The New York Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; The Washington Post; Esquire; The Los Angeles Times; and many other publications. Yoffe began her career as a staff writer at The New Republic.


She writes Slate’s Dear Prudence advice column, which appears twice weekly. She also does a podcast called Manners for the Digital Age[1] with Slate’s technology columnist Farhad Manjoo.

She writes a regular feature on Slate called Human Guinea Pig, in which she attempts unusual activities or hobbies. For Human Guinea Pig, she has tried hypnosis,[2] and taken a vow of silence.[3] She has become a street performer,[4] a nude model for an art class,[5] and a contestant in the Mrs. America beauty pageant.[6]

In June 2005, Bloomsbury published Yoffe's What the Dog Did: Tales from a Formerly Reluctant Dog Owner.[7] That year it was named Best Book of the Year by Dogwise,[8] and selected as the Best General Interest Dog Book by the Dog Writers Association of America.

She has been a guest on The Colbert Report twice.[9] She discussed her experiences as Slate's Human Guinea Pig, and an article about narcissistic personality disorder.[10] She has been a guest on numerous radio programs.[11][12][13]

Yoffe wrote pieces about the world-wide disappearance of frogs[14] and the crash of an Air Florida Flight 90[15] for The New York Times Magazine . She has written op-eds for The Washington Post on global warming,[16] motherhood,[17] and politics.[18]


Yoffe grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and graduated from Wellesley College in 1977.[19][20]




  1. ^ Plait, Phil. "Digital Manners: The baby-sitter records shows on my TiVo without asking. - Slate Magazine". Slate.com. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  2. ^ Emily Yoffe (2003-12-26). "Got Me Hypnotized". Slate. Retrieved 2008-12-18. 
  3. ^ Emily Yoffe (2004-05-07). "Silent Treatment". Slate. Retrieved 2008-12-18. 
  4. ^ Emily Yoffe (2003-10-30). "Mime is Money". Slate. Retrieved 2008-12-18. 
  5. ^ Emily Yoffe (2005-12-15). "Naked and the Dread". Slate. Retrieved 2008-12-18. 
  6. ^ Plait, Phil. "Can I win a beauty pageant? - Slate Magazine". Slate.com. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  7. ^ What the Dog Did: Tales from a Formerly Reluctant Dog Owner. New York: Bloomsbury, 2005. ISBN 978-1-58234-564-2
  8. ^ Emily Yoffe, What the Dog Did, Bloomsbury: London, 2005. At Google Books (Access date: 02-05-2013)
  9. ^ "Emily Yoffe - The Colbert Report - 2006-01-02 - Video Clip | Comedy Central". Colbertnation.com. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  10. ^ Plait, Phil. "What is narcissistic personality disorder, and why does everyone seem to have it? - Slate Magazine". Slate.com. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ "How to chill out during the holidays | Minnesota Public Radio News". Minnesota.publicradio.org. 2008-12-17. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  13. ^ "The Emily Rooney Show". Wgbh.org. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  14. ^ Yoffe, Emily (1992-12-13). "Silence of the Frogs". The New York Times. 
  15. ^ Yoffe, Emily (2002-08-04). "Afterward". The New York Times. 
  16. ^ Yoffe, Emily (2007-06-25). "Gloom and Doom in A Sunny Day". The Washington Post. 
  17. ^ Yoffe, Emily (2007-05-13). "Wrapping My Arms Around Memories". The Washington Post. 
  18. ^ Yoffe, Emily (2009-02-03). "Tom Daschle on the Gold Standard". The Washington Post. 
  19. ^ "WEDDINGS; Emily J. Yoffe, John D. Mintz". The New York Times. 1994-09-18. 
  20. ^ http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2012/06/26/nora_ephron_journalism_and_getting_old_what_i_learned_from_that_singular_voice.html

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