The Team


Margit Detweiler, Founder, Publisher + Editor-in-Chief of this jam — @Margit

Rather than rattle off a list of places I’ve worked (which you can see here, or here),  this is where I’m at, right now, in this moment: I’m a writer, editor and digital publishing vet / business owner with a punk-rock heart, a Brooklyn apartment and arthritic knees. I’m also a recent cancer survivor and have chronicled my experiences in the TueNight column, Ovarian Rhapsody. My best professional experiences have included a combination of creativity, writing, leadership and a work environment filled with ridiculously talented creative spirits. My secret agenda: I’m trying to build that, from scratch.

My TueNight: Wander late night through street lamp-lit New York City streets with my man, a band and a beer at the Bell House, or cuddled up with turmeric tea, reading the new Prince biography (SO good).


Margaret Crandall

Margaret Crandall, Newsletter Editor — @cranniem

I grew up in Washington, DC but have called San Francisco home for the last 19+ years. Spent my 20s up to my eyeballs in the ska scene, my 30s and most of my 40s writing and editing at desk jobs, and now I’m kind of just making it up as I go along. My superpowers are dogsitting, decluttering, and spotting typos from great distances. Midcentury antique stores are my kryptonite.

My TueNight: A quick stop at the local dive bar to say hi to friends (and their dogs), followed by getting sucked into Hulu, Etsy’s vintage caftan department, and/or a library book.

As a girl, I made a pact with myself that I would be everything when I grew up. I’ve worked on an assembly line, in a lumber mill, as a waitress, preschool teacher, political fundraiser, proofreader and actor. I’ve spent a decade as a product manager and director. I currently work with my husband @macpremo, producing and managing his art studio. My passion is making things collaboratively, and my superpower is helping people stay calm under pressure.

My TueNight: Make a tasty dinner with daughters and husband, then on to drinks at a wine bar with friends.

Deesha PhilyawDeesha Philyaw, TueNighter Moderator — @deeshaphilyaw

I’m a writer, editor, and occasional project manager. My fiction and personal essays focus on race, sex, relationships, and culture. I’ve lived in Pittsburgh 20+ years, but my hometown is Jacksonville, Florida, and I’m still a Southern girl at heart. I have an economics degree that I’ve never used, and for a couple of years, I taught elementary school. These days, I love writing about dissatisfied women; I’m enthralled by church ladies, in particular. I also enjoy a good spreadsheet probably more than I should, and a nice glass of Malbec, sometimes at the same time.

My TueNight: Curling up in bed with a good novel or short story collection while listening to old school R&B, or dominating my friends in a rousing game of Black Card Revoked.

Thank Yous

Quick thanks to a few more folks who have made this she-bang possible over the years: Adrianna, Karen, Darian, Justine, Brooke, Mark, Deanna, Kat, Helen, Erica, David, Kristin, Laura, Elke, Molly, Nancy, Michelle, Susan, Stacy. You rock.

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  1. Your group is great! I only wish I were young enough to contribute! I still have the curiosity of a ten year-old and a zest for living that only increases daily. I love learning and value my female friendships. Men and children may come and go, but female friendships will see you through.

    Only good female friends can say:
    That looks awful, take it off this minute.
    Call me when he dumps you, because he will.
    Move away from the ice cream and I will give you a small square of dark chocolate.
    Buy that. It is totally and completely you.
    (To a third party) Do you have any idea who you are dealing with? This woman used to be with the CIA until her kills got too high.

  2. Roslyn Hirsh says

    I was reading with interest and many emotions the article “Silly Things People Have Said to Me When I Tell Them I’m Not Having Kids”. My response was, first, a huge “Bravo” for both this unpopular attitude and Ms Amitai’s writing style. She says presents what she has to say about the changes in the social dictum to be fruitful and multiply.

    What I most admire, aside from TueNight’s publication of her generally unpopular attitude, is her style. The distinct blend of blatant personal honesty, humor, and truth about several of the negatives of parenthood without trashing the rights of personal choice opens up the discussion of this literally life altering decision of individuals vis-a vis social needs of their families, their religious affiliations, their societies, their countries, and the world at large.

    It is interesting that even if many of us do not get crazy over a country’s legislation of a maximum of one child per couple or of other groups’ encouragement of unlimited pregnancy and childbirth. Yet we still react to the expectation, when it affects us personally, of universal procreation,..or at least one grandchild, please!

    I interpreted Ms Anitai’s presentation as simply and directly stating that men and women today both want and have the right to face this personal challenge as a personal decision, period. She interprets those arguments given to her as silly, and her humor softens the blow of what I hope she really means to imply. Either way, she requires us to think about the larger issue. I hope that as time moves on, her influence will be far reaching.

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