Meet the Staff at Highbrow Magazine: Q&A With Writer Loren DiBlasi

Loren DiBlasi


  Loren DiBlasi, a contributing writer at Highbrow Magazine,  is a freelance writer/blogger based in New York City. She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College as a double   major in English and Art History. Loren loves music, film, art, fashion, and all aspects of pop culture, which she writes about frequently. Her articles for Highbrow Magazine have  included coverage of Golden Globe-nominated films; a look at the Oscars; and a political essay about how the 2012 presidential candidates utilize social media in their campaigns.


Q & A With Loren:


What inspired you to become a writer?

I didn't so much choose to become a writer, as it chose me (as cheesy as that may sound). As a child, I loved reading more than anything, and would often create little illustrated books for hours on end -- although I could barely spell. As I got older, I realized that my best subject in school was always English, and that I had a natural talent for communicating myself through words, so it sort of became inevitable.


Who are a few of your favorite authors?

While I read many different types of literature, I love the American classics of the 20th Century most of all-- particularly the Beat Generation writers. My favorite authors include Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Richard Yates, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Charles Bukowski.



What’s the worst job/assignment  you’ve ever had?

I'm young, so I'm afraid that my worst jobs are still ahead of me. However, working as a nanny on the Upper East Side of Manhattan while in college definitely had its drawbacks; i.e, picking up after toddlers whose wardrobes cost more than all of the money I had in my bank account.


Which is your favorite city in the U.S.?

I'm a New Yorker by blood, so I've got to be loyal to my city. It has everything-- art, culture, theater, concerts-- and being a New Yorker is something truly special and unique. The people who complain about the noise or the garbage-- they just don't get it!



What’s your all-time favorite film?

I'm obsessed with film of all genres, so that's a really tough question for me. However, I get a very special sort of feeling every time I watch Almost Famous. The cast is spectacular, and it just captures so much of the joy in the things that I love most: writing and music.


Which newspapers/magazines/websites do you read regularly?

I read a lot of NY Times online, but I will always have copies of magazines like New York Magazine, Vogue, and Interview lying around.



Would you rather become the next editor-in-chief of the New Yorker or replace Jon Stewart as host of the “Daily Show”?

I don’t think I would want to do either-- too much responsibility. What I’d like to do is contribute great writing to the New Yorker, then make some guest appearances on “The Daily Show” to chat with Jon about my latest bestsellers.


What are your favorite “highbrow” pastimes?

I see a lot of foreign and independent cinema, and I also spend a lot of time visiting museums and galleries all around New York. However, I have been known to indulge in some lowbrow activities from time to time (don’t tell anyone). 


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