Maria Cristina Sherman is a music writer and culture critic currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked as a senior writer at Jezebel, managing editor at Gizmodo Media Group, senior correspondent at Fuse TV, and contributor at BuzzFeed Music. You may have seen her work at NPR and in Billboard, SPIN, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and many other quality publications. Her debut book, LARGER THAN LIFE: A History of Boy Bands, NKOTB to BTS, was published in July 2020. If she were in a boy band, she’d be the bad boy.
In this episode, I reveal the story of the time I met Harry Styles, we talk all about Maria's amazing book, get nerdy as hell about boy bands and pop music, Menudo, masculinity, criticism and why the best critics are fans, the boy band fan life cycle, women’s influence in cultural industries, the power of the marginalized dollar, and what we want all young writers out there to know if you’re going to survive. This episode also contains the only Baldwin/Buckley-style debate about B2K EVER.
I’m not gonna hold you, this one is a HOOT.
SPEAKING OF BOOKS:
You can purchase Maria’s book, as well as books written by previous Office Hours Interviewees via our new Bookshop page!!!!
ICYMI, Bookshop.org is a new-ish way to buy your books online while supporting independent bookstores in the process. Like most Indie businesses in the cultural industries, bookstores are the backbone of the book world, but are fighting an uphill battle against Amazon and large corporate chains. With the coronavirus pandemic slowing sales, indie bookstores need our support more than ever. If anything, consider it as the ethical alternative to Amazon for your books.
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Josh Spector, For The Interested/Newsletter Creators
Jarrod Dicker, Washington Post
The Chicago White Sox. No, seriously.
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