Marry Him Author Lori Gottlieb Has Surprisingly Sane Take On Parenting

Lori Gottlieb wrote possibly the worst book about marriage of this young millennium. Now she's set her sights on parenting — and what she has to say is surprisingly non-terrible. » 6/14/11 3:32pm 6/14/11 3:32pm

The Utter Pointlessness Of All That Marriage Advice

One researcher is claiming that women these days have less power in relationships, and so we'd all better get married young. But while relationship advice like this might make us mad (or anxious) it's not going to change our behavior. » 1/20/11 1:36pm 1/20/11 1:36pm

The Kids Are All Right

"Just don't fault my generation for a lack of trying. Fault Ms. Gilbert, Ms. Gottlieb and their ilk-those who project their own neuroses on to the rest of us." — Hannah Seligson, on Committed, Marry Him, and dating today [WSJ] » 2/26/10 5:40pm 2/26/10 5:40pm

Fat Like Him: Self-Help Writer's Ex Speaks Out

After we mentioned Lori Gottlieb's 2005 essay "Fat Like Him" in our review of Marry Him, the "fat guy" in question approached us to tell his side of the story — and his experience dating a now-famous advocate of "settling." » 2/09/10 3:00pm 2/09/10 3:00pm

Marry Him: A Diet Book For Your Love Life

We've already argued at length against Marry Him's pro-settling premise, but reading the whole book reveals a whole new level of crazy. Lori Gottlieb's version of dating and marriage is basically calorie-counting for the soul. » 1/28/10 2:00pm 1/28/10 2:00pm

Just Because You Settle Doesn't Mean You Marry A Good Man

Nearly two years after Moe (and everyone else) criticized Lori Gottlieb's advice to just settle for Mr. Maybe, Gottlieb came back. And so did her critics, and some evidence showing why exactly her advice is crap. » 1/23/10 4:15pm 1/23/10 4:15pm

Do Women Actually Have Dating "Checklists?"

Lori Gottlieb has been spreading her particular brand of Cautionary Matron doomsaying since 2008, and now she's plugging her upcoming book with an appropriately creepy interview in Marie Claire. » 1/20/10 3:00pm 1/20/10 3:00pm

Female Confessional Journalism And The Business Of Self-Hate

Hadley Freeman has a very smart piece in the Guardian today about a very disturbing phenomenon: female journalists publicly baring their depressing and ultimately unsuccessful battles with various forms of self-loathing. » 7/01/09 12:00pm 7/01/09 12:00pm

Lower Your Standards, Bitch

Okay, so that Atlantic piece by Lori Gottlieb on "why you should settle": We wrote about it. Everyone wrote about it. On Saturday, novelist Megan Daum wrote about it. You keep asking us to write about it again. Maybe I didn't quite nail what happened to be my problem with the story before, so here goes: this is a story… » 2/25/08 5:00pm 2/25/08 5:00pm

Settle For Mr. "Just OK" — While Your "Marital Value Is Still At Its…

Why It's OK To Settle For Mr. Good Enough. Sounds like the sorta assertion that might get the readers talking/chatting/generating the old ad revenue, eh? Well that's a story in the latest issue of the Atlantic Monthly by a single mom (Lori Gottlieb, pictured) who dares to advance the iconoclastic argument that Rachel… » 2/08/08 5:40pm 2/08/08 5:40pm