|Born||June 30, 1966|
|Other names||Liz Penn|
|Education||University of California, Berkeley|
|Occupation||Movie critic at Slate (magazine)|
|Slate magazine, Culture Gabfest|
Dana Shawn Stevens (born June 30, 1966) is a movie critic at Slate. She is also a cohost of the magazine's weekly cultural podcast, the Culture Gabfest. She is working on a book about Buster Keaton and the 20th century.
Stevens grew up in Scarsdale, New York and San Antonio, Texas. She attained a doctorate in comparative literature from UC Berkeley in 2001 with a dissertation on Fernando Pessoa: A Local Habitation and a Name: Heteronymy and Nationalism in the works of Fernando Pessoa.
She joined Slate in mid-2003, writing the magazine's Surfergirl column on television and pop-culture. Before joining Slate she wrote under the pseudonym "Liz Penn" on her own (now defunct) website/blog called the High Sign. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post Book World, Bookforum, and The Atlantic and has appeared on several occasions on Charlie Rose and The Brian Lehrer Show. She is a regular on Slate's Culture Gabfest.
ladiesofboston: @thehighsign is this u Dana from Boston? Dana Stevens:@ladiesofboston Nope, wrong Dana. I'm from San Antonio, Texas.
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