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Hey, I'm Amanda

Amanda Montell is a writer and language scholar from Baltimore. She is the author of two books: Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism, about the language of "cults" from Scientology to SoulCycle (forthcoming from HarperCollins, June 2021), and the critically acclaimed Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language (HarperCollins, 2019). Wordslut has earned praise from the New York Times, Time Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Kirkus Reviews, and Publisher's Weekly, among others, and Amanda is currently developing the book for television with FX Studios, serving as creator, writer, and executive producer.

As a reporter and essayist, Amanda's writing has been featured in Marie Claire, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Nylon, The Rumpus, Byrdie, and Who What Wear, where she formerly served as the Features & Beauty Editor. She holds a degree in linguistics from NYU and lives in Los Angeles with her partner, plants, and pets. Find her on Instagram @amanda_montell.

Check Out My Work

Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language is a brash, enlightening, and wildly entertaining feminist look at gendered language and the way it shapes us.

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Published May 2019 by HarperCollins

Cultish

Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism analyzes the social science of cult influence: how cultish groups from Jonestown and Scientology to SoulCycle and social media gurus use language as the ultimate form of power.

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To be published June 2021 by HarperCollins

More Writing

What It's Like to Die Online

Chronically ill women are turning to YouTube to share their lives—and deaths. Read more.

Published on MarieClaire.com

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