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‘Jay and Silent Bob’ Fandom Grew Up. Kevin Smith Didn’t.

In October of 1994 — 25 years ago — cinephiles across the U.S. were excited about the release of two movies they’d been reading about… Read More

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Movies On, In and Under the Water

Hey Aquaman, you’re not the first guy to take to the water and make a movie out of all that swimming. In fact, if you…

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A Cultural History of ‘Workin’ Hard or Hardly Workin’?’

“Workin’ hard, or hardly workin’?”  It’s one of those vapid, stupid things that people say when either they’re awkwardly trying to make smalltalk, or when…

In ‘Living With Yourself,’ Paul Rudd’s Worst Enemy Isn’t His Clone But Himself

Cautionary sci-fi often warns us to be wary of powerful forces that will spell our doom. Robots will enslave us. Clones will replace us. Usually,…

Ranking Tomatoes — in All Their Squishy Forms — by How Healthy They Are

In a recent and momentous scientific investigation, it was discovered that dudes who consume two tablespoons of concentrated tomato puree on a daily basis have…

Single Dads Living on Minimum Wage, Meeting Your Doppelgänger and Bill O’Reilly, Clown

I know it’s absolutely insane that I have to mention this, but flight attendants say it still happens so here I go: It is 100…

Is It Chill to Store Your Small Stuff in the Overhead Bin?

Cherisa, a flight attendant for a commercial U.S. airline, gets just as frustrated as I do watching boarding passengers shove their purses, jackets and other…

Contributors

Oliver Lee Bateman

Oliver Bateman is a contributing writer to MEL Magazine. He writes about the extreme sides of fitness, the weirder sides of MMA and pro wrestling, and the unorthodox lifestyles of professional athletes. His writing on these topics has appeared in publications such as the Paris Review, the Atlantic, and the New Republic. Ever since he was a little kid, he's been really good at exercising.

Chris Bourn

Chris Bourn is a writer and editor who has writed and edited for many a title, including British Maxim and Time Out. He does stories for MEL covering health, happiness, and how things came to be.

Zaron Burnett III

Zaron Burnett is an investigative journalist and longform features writer based in Los Angeles. He covers culture, politics, race, and other perplexing mysteries for MEL.

Adam Elder

Adam Elder is a writer in San Diego. He hates author bios, so this is all you get.

Tierney Finster

Tierney Finster is a journalist, screenwriter, actor and model from Los Angeles, California. She is a contributing writer at MEL, specializing in love, sex, mental health, drugs, queer culture and the cannabis industry. She has written for publications such as Playboy, Purple, Dazed and Confused, Jezebel and Broadly and was the key researcher behind Sex On, HBO’s revival of its iconoclastic docu-series Real Sex.

Andrew Fiouzi

Andrew Fiouzi is a staff writer at MEL.

Tim Grierson

Tim Grierson is a contributing editor at MEL. He writes about film and pop culture for Screen International, Rolling Stone and Vulture.

Haley Hamilton

Haley Hamilton is a Boston-based bartender. She writes The Shakes, MEL's weekly column dedicated to drinks, booze, bar culture and sometimes other vices. She enjoys cocktails, mezcal, yoga and fucking with the patriarchy.

Madeleine Holden

Madeleine Holden is a lawyer and freelance writer based between Berlin and New Zealand. She writes about relationships, sex, gender and whatever the hell else she feels like for MEL.

Hussein Kesvani

Hussein Kesvani is the UK and Europe editor of MEL and writes features on technology, subcultures and identity

Eddie Kim

Eddie Kim is a features writer based in Los Angeles, covering social and cultural issues for MEL.

Miles Klee

Miles Klee is MEL’s resident tank-top dirtbag, shitposter and meme expert. He’s also the author of the novel ‘Ivyland’ and a story collection, ‘True False.’

Isabelle Kohn

Isabelle Kohn is an L.A.-based sex and relationships journalist, educator and consultant who has written for Playboy, Broadly, InStyle and Harper's Bazaar. Sometimes she'll write about other stuff like science and health and Bill Clinton if you triple-dog-dare her, though.

Ian Lecklitner

Ian Lecklitner is a staff writer at MEL Magazine. He mostly writes about everyone's favorite things: Sex, drugs and food.

Tracy Moore

Tracy Moore is a staff writer at MEL. She covers all the soft sciences like psychology, sex, relationships and parenting, but since this is a men’s magazine, occasionally the hard ones. Formerly at Jezebel.

Quinn Myers

Quinn Myers is a staff writer at MEL. According to his editor, you can find him "lurking in the darkest corners of the internet."

Tasha Reign

Tasha Reign is an adult actress and patron of the art of dating, love, and everything sex related. She has given a decade of her life to the sex industry and gone on enough dates for all of Los Angeles combined. Ask her your questions and she'll do personal research to provide her best answers. She can be reached at Tashareign1@gmail.com.

Mike Sager

Mike Sager is a bestselling author and award-winning reporter. He’s been called “the Beat poet of American journalism.” For more than forty years he has worked as a writer for the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, GQ and Esquire. A founding editor of MEL Magazine, he is the author of 12 books. A number of films and documentaries have been based on his work. For more info see www.TheSagerGroup.net.

C. Brian Smith

C. Brian Smith writes hard-hitting gonzo features for MEL, whether it be training with a masturbation coach, receiving psycho corporal treatment from a spank therapist, or embarking on a week-long pleasure cruise with 75 Santa Clauses following their busy season.

Erin Taj

Taj is the Art Director and resident Astrologer at MEL. She’s worked with Nike, UPROXX, Taschen, Red Bull, New Balance, and other brands as an art director, graphic designer, illustrator, and producer. She was born and raised in Los Angeles. She's a Leo, does jiujitsu, and has a giant bully pit-bull named Roxanne who's completely useless.

Magdalene Taylor

Magdalene Taylor is an editorial assistant and contributor at MEL. She loves Korn, Juggalos, and being a dumb bitch. She lives in LA but is from God's country, Western Massachusetts.

Brian VanHooker

Brian VanHooker is a writer at MEL. He is the co-creator of the John O'Hurley pilot ‘The Tramp’ and co-created 'Barnum & Elwood.’ He also hosts a TMNT interview podcast.