Meghan Daum has been a weekly opinion columnist for The Los Angeles Times since 2005. She is the author of the essay collection My Misspent Youth and the novel The Quality of Life Report. Her third book, Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a non-fiction work about real estate obsession, will be published in 2010. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Meghan Daum

Meghan Daum

Ebola has secured a place in the American imagination

Ebola has secured a place in the American imagination

August 8, 2014

Blame it on Richard Preston. "The Hot Zone," his 1994 nonfiction science thriller about the spread and devastation of the Ebola virus, pretty much set the standard for terrifying contagion scenarios. In an opening chapter that even Stephen King called "one of the most horrifying things I've ever read," Preston depicts an infected man's rapid deterioration from the disease even as he boards a commercial plane en route to Nairobi for treatment.

  • Daum: The gift of a great dog

    May 17, 2013

    We got another dog right away. That wasn't the plan. But back in March, less than two weeks after Rex died and when I still had faint bruises from digging my fingers into my forehead amid uncontrollable sobs, I signed us up to "foster" a Saint Bernard mix that had been rescued from a crack den.