Joyce Millman began her career as a pop music critic for the Boston Phoenix. She joined the San Francisco Examiner in 1987 as its television critic, and was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 and 1991 for her Examiner columns.
In 1995, she left the Examiner to become a founding staff member of Salon.com. While at Salon, she wrote television and pop music criticism, as well as parenting essays as part of the editorial team of the Salon sub-site, Mothers Who Think.
A freelance pop cultural essayist since 2001, her work has appeared in the New York Times, Variety, Obit and a second stint with the Boston Phoenix. She has written essays for several pop culture anthologies published by BenBella Books, including House Unauthorized, Getting Lost, Mapping the World of Harry Potter, Neptune Noir: Unauthorized Investigations into Veronica Mars, Alias Assumed and Flirting with Pride and Prejudice. Two of her essays appear in the Salon anthology Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood (Washington Square, 2000). She is also the co-author of the 2007 book of Harry Potter essays, The Great Snape Debate (BenBella/Borders). Her essay, "A Map of the Future," appears in Eric Meola's book, Streets of Fire: Bruce Springsteen in Photographs and Lyrics 1977-1979 (HarperCollins, pub. Sept. 25, 2012)
Visit her archive of Salon columns. Some of her Boston Phoenix work can be found in the Phoenix archives. Read her blog, The Mix Tape.