M.G. Lord is an acclaimed cultural critic and investigative journalist, and the author of the widely praised books Forever Barbie and Astro Turf: The Private Life of Rocket Science. Since 1995 she has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review and the Times's Arts & Leisure section. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Vogue, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Travel + Leisure, the Hollywood Reporter, and ArtForum. Before becoming a freelance writer, Lord was a syndicated political cartoonist and a columnist for Newsday. She teaches at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.