Writer who became a staff writer with The New Yorker in 1998 and is best known for his "Letters from California." He has written several books, including Lost in Mongolia (2001) and Planet Killers (2011).
He grew up in Buffalo, New York and Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. He attended The Shipley School and Harvard University.
His memoir, Cheerful Money: Me, My Family, and the Last Days of WASP Splendor, was published in 2009.
His father, Theodore Friend, was president of Swarthmore College. He married food writer Amanda Hesser
He has written articles about entertainers like John Malkovich.