About

Hi, Joyce Millman here. I started my career in the ’80s as a rock critic for the Boston Phoenix. In 1987, I moved to the San Francisco Examiner, where I was the TV critic and a two-time finalist (1989 and 1991) for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism. In 1995, I was one of the founding staffers of Salon.com and its first TV critic. My reviews and pop cultural essays have been published in the New York Times, Rolling Stone and Variety. I contributed essays to SmartPop anthologies about Lost, House, Veronica Mars, Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter, among others.  I co-wrote a book about Severus Snape. My essay “A Map of the Future” appears in Eric Meola’s  Streets of Fire: Bruce Springsteen in Photographs and Lyrics, 1977-1979 (HarperCollins). I will slay you with my sparkling wit at McSweeney’sThe Reject Pile and other fine purveyors of smart-assery.

You can learn more about my work at my website, www.joycemillman.com and at joycemillman.pressfolios.com

On this blog, you’ll find reviews, personal essays, confessions, rants and (I hope) humor. Also, totally-not-senile memoir-ettes about growing up in the ’60s and ’70s, my adventures in journalism and how rock and roll keeps playing in my head. Warning:  There will probably also be some stuff about baseball. I can’t help it.

About the title:  A long time ago, before blogs, status updates, tweets and tumbls, mix tapes were the way that  people connected without actually having to speak to one another or write voluminous letters. The mix tape — OK, playlist — said all that needed to be said about who you were and what was important to you. To share mix tapes was to share souls.

email:  jm-info@sbcglobal.net|Twitter: @joycemillman

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Jonathan Perry May 7, 2014 / 5:50 am

    Hi Joyce — Playing catch-up here and checing out your terrific blog about stuff I love and obsess over as well (what’s not to love? Rock & roll? Rock criticism? baseball?!). Not sure if we ever have met, but I certainly know your by-line from the Boston Phoenix (I wrote about music there for Matt Ashare and Jon Garelick from ’97-’08), and saw your stuff. Didn’t know for the longest time that you’re the sister of Randi Millman, one of my favrotie music heads and bookers around town. Small world! Hey, and thanks for your kind words about/following my “RPM” blog. Hope you find it entertaining as well. Look forward to reading all of your posts here and new ones. Cheers, Jonathan

    • Joyce Millman May 7, 2014 / 10:58 am

      Hi Jonathan,
      I don’t think we’ve met. I left Boston in 1987. Yes, my sister is the queen of the scene – proud of her. Thank you for reading my blog! I’ve had some stuff going on lately and haven’t posted, but I’m working on it, I swear. 🙂 I get notifications for RPM (great layout) and I will play catch up as well. Best, Joyce

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