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Dana Stevens (critic)

Dana Stevens
Born (1966-06-30) June 30, 1966
Other names Liz Penn
Education University of California, Berkeley
Occupation Movie critic at Slate (magazine)
Notable credit(s) Slate magazine, Culture Gabfest

Dana Shawn Stevens (born June 30, 1966) is a movie critic at Slate magazine. She is also a regular on the magazine's weekly cultural podcast the Culture Gabfest.

Life and career

Stevens grew up in Scarsdale, New York[1] and San Antonio, Texas.[2][3] She attained a doctorate in comparative literature from UC Berkeley in 2001 with a dissertation on Fernando Pessoa: A Local Habitation and a Name: Heteronymy and Nationalism in the works of Fernando Pessoa. She joined Slate in mid-2003, writing the magazine's Surfergirl column on television and pop-culture.[4] Before joining Slate she wrote under the pseudonym "Liz Penn" on her own (now defunct) web website/blog called the High Sign.[1] She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post Book World, Bookforum, and The Atlantic[4] and has appeared on several occasions on Charlie Rose and The Brian Lehrer Show.

Stevens has described herself as "an atheist raised in culturally Christian milieu".[5] She lives in Brooklyn, New York.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Liz Penn, Writer/TV Critic".  
  2. ^ "Extract, film review podcast @3:00min". Spoiler Special Podcast. September 3, 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Stevens, Dana (20 Mar 2012). "ladiesofboston @thehighsign is this u Dana from Boston?". Tweets. Retrieved 28 March 2012. ladiesofboston: @thehighsign is this u Dana from Boston? Dana Stevens:@ladiesofboston Nope, wrong Dana. I'm from San Antonio, Texas. 
  4. ^ a b c "Who We Are".  
  5. ^ Stevens, Dana (September 18, 2007). "Films of Atonement".  

External links

  • Stevens' Slate archive
  • Dana Stevens on Twitter

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