Molly Young: A Young Achiever
Most of us have claimed to be just like Carrie Bradshaw at one point or another, but are any of us successfully sustaining ourselves with a writing career in New York City? Few can claim such a way of life (much to the dismay of English majors everywhere) and that's why Molly Young, who has already achieved this at age 25, is so inspirational to me.
Think of her as a younger, more intellectual Carrie Bradshaw. She's a copywriter and freelance writer living in New York who's written for GQ, New York Magazine, The Believer, and Vice to name a few. I've followed her writing for the last few years as she's established a solid writing career, which is no easy feat with the state of journalism and the economy. To get a sense of her style and personality, check out her blog, where she illuminates the idiosyncrasies of the human experience with excerpts of overheard conversations.
A true academic, she provides book reviews with a tone beyond her years for brainy publications like Stop Smiling. But I especially enjoy her lighter commentaries, specifically her pieces on fashion and Hollywood. She observes the absurdity of these entities with humor, wit, and a keen eye for B.S. Read her hilarious take on the styling game as she follows a Hollywood stylist in this article she wrote for GQ.
The literary world has many witty non-fiction writers and pop culture commentators, but many of them are male. Molly Young has provided for me far more than literary entertainment, she's given me hope that it's possible, as Carrie Bradshaw ponders, to have it all!