Evelyn McDonnell

Evelyn McDonnell is assistant professor of journalism and new media at Loyola Marymount University. She has been writing about popular culture and society for more than 20 years. She is the author of four books: Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways, Mamarama: A Memoir of Sex, Kids and Rock 'n' Roll, Army of She: Icelandic, Iconoclastic, Irrepressible Bjork and Rent by Jonathan Larson. She has been the editorial director of www.MOLI.com, pop culture writer at The Miami Herald, senior editor at The Village Voice, and associate editor at SF Weekly. Her writing on music, poetry, theater, and culture has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies, including the Los Angeles Times, Ms., Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and Spin. She leaves in San Pedro with her husband, son, many animals, and a fantastic view of the ocean.


Trouble in the Heartland

Is Bruce Springsteen's memoir "Born to Run" one of the great music memoirs, or just a tired retread of the rock star mythos?...

What’s In a Name?

The author of the "Rent" book on how Lin-Manuel Miranda turned theater and history upside down, the worth of writing, and the Hamilton in her blood....

Don’t Call “The Sellout” a Ghetto Pastoral