Lizzie Widdicombe

Elizabeth Widdicombe is the editor of the “Talk of the Town” section of New Yorker, which are the shorter, usually fun pieces at the beginning of the magazine.  She also contributes profiles.  She has written for three Harvard publications while attending college, and also written for InStyle, Vogue, and The Observer. She visited India, Nepal and Tibet while at Harvard.
Schooling
B.A. Harvard – History and Literature
5-19-17 – Although it doesn’t specifically say anywhere, it appears that Widdicombe went straight from Harvard to the New Yorker, and has been there since.  She is currently the “Talk of the Town” editor, and has been writing for that section for quite some time. After a few years, she started contributing regular length articles, mostly profiles, which is also what “Talk of the Town” essentially is.  Much more recently she’s begun to delve into serious political issues.
Widdicombe reminds me a lot of Ian Frazier – their humor is similarly patterned.  Widdicombe was a part of Harvard Lampoon, and her humor is quintessentially New Yorker. I was sort of surprised to get into politics, but I haven’t read the pieces, so I can’t really comment. It’s certainly not that she isn’t capable – just an irregular path.  But then again, politics hasn’t been regular either.
Widdicombe has not published any books to date
The following are links to Widdicombe’s published articles and content, in order from earliest to latest:
10-02-02 – Resurrecting a Sign, from Harvard Crimson
02-03-03 – On Thin Ice, Crossers Tempt Fines, Fate, from Harvard Crimson
02-06-03 – Leverett Library Celebrates Works from SCR Members, from Harvard Crimson
02-07-03 – Harvard Wins Burger Eating Contest, from Harvard Crimson
02-11-03 – La Vida to be First Latino Student Guide, from Harvard Crimson
02-21-03 – Study: Military Policy on Guys Unfounded, from Harvard Crimson
02-24-03 – Business’ Role in AIDS Epidemic Explored, from Harvard Crimson
03-03-03 – Despite Trials, Hist. and Lit. Concentrators Finish Theses, from Harvard Crimson
03-17-03 – ‘Anti-French’ Rally Calls for France to Support U.S. on Iraq Resolution, from Harvard Crimson
04-02-03 – Alum Released from Iraqi Custody, from Harvard Crimson
04-07-03 – Students Rally to Support Troops, from Harvard Crimson
04-11-03 – After Hiatus, College Accepts Transfers, from Harvard Crimson
04-28-03 – Candy Plant to Shift from Sugar to Science, from Harvard Crimson
04-30-03 – Lithgow’s Artistic Insight, from Harvard Crimson
05-02-03 – M. Rugby Heads West for Final Four, from Harvard Crimson
06-02-03 – Three Theses Win Radcliffe’s Fay Prize, from Harvard Crimson
06-04-03 – Governor Bridges Public, Private Gap, from Harvard Crimson
06-05-03 – Principles Over Policy for Romney, from Harvard Crimson
06-05-03 – Prefrom E-group Connected Class of ’03, from Harvard Crimson
06-05-03 – Blessing and Burden, from Harvard Crimson
06-28-04 – Bill’s Bash, from The Observer
07-26-04 – Mobs Storm Moore as Tempers Boil to High Fahrenheit, from The Observer
11-01-05 – A Peak Experience, from Harvard Magazine
11-01-05 – Reality 101, from Harvard Magazine
03-01-06 – Fashion Forward, from Harvard Magazine
05-01-06 – Women’s Center, from Harvard Magazine
07-01-06 – Zen, and Other Journeys, from Harvard Magazine
10-23-06 – Bobby Forever, from New Yorker
11-27-06 – Shy Violet, from New Yorker
12-25-06 – Checking it Twice, from New Yorker
01-22-07 – Tech Support: E-vote, from New Yorker
03-05-07 – The New Bathroom Wall, from New Yorker
06-04-07 – Prama, from New Yorker
07-02-07 – Places in the Sun, from New Yorker
07-30-07 – Head Count, from New Yorker
8-27-07 – Skunked, from New Yorker
09-17-07 – Last Call, from New Yorker
10-15-07 – Idle Hands, from New Yorker
11-12-07 – A Firefighter’s Theorem, from New Yorker
11-26-07 – New Job, from New Yorker
12-17-07 – Dial-a-Rabbi, from New Yorker
01-21-08 – Mayor-In-Chief, from New Yorker
02-04-08 – Hail to the Chief, from New Yorker
02-11-08 – Black Hole, from New Yorker
02-25-08 – Say it all in Six Words, from New Yorker
03-03-08 – Have Gun, from New Yorker
03-10-08 – Beautiful Minds, from New Yorker
03-17-08 – Just Like Us! from New Yorker
03-24-08 – First Wives, from New Yorker
04-14-08 – Three Months, from New Yorker
04-28-08 – Pope-A-Palooza, from New Yorker
05-05-08 – Blooming, from New Yorker
05-19-08 – Born Green, from New Yorker
06-02-08 – Huddle, from New Yorker
06-23-08 – The Way They Move, from New Yorker
08-11-08 – Buddy Song, from New Yorker
08-25-08 – Where’s the Beef?, from New Yorker
09-15-08 – Act Your Age, from New Yorker
09-29-08 – Dial-a-Mag, from New Yorker
10-04-08 – Clint the Composer, from New Yorker
11-03-08 – Tombstones, from New Yorker
11-04-08 – On the Bus, from New Yorker
11-05-08 – Side Effects, from New Yorker
11-10-08 – Emanuel in Full, from New Yorker
12-15-08 – Retrial, from New Yorker
12-30-08 – Puppy Numbers, from New Yorker
01-05-09 – Family Jewels, from New Yorker
01-19-09 – Thief or Crook?, from New Yorker
01-26-09 – Step On It, from New Yorker
02-16-09 – Naked City, from New Yorker
03-02-09 – Vernacular, from New Yorker
04-06-09 – Ayn Crowd, from New Yorker
04-27-09 – Take Two, from New Yorker
05-04-09 – Samela’s Shammash, from New Yorker
05-18-09 – Fish Out of Water, from New Yorker
06-22-09 – A Little to the Left, from New Yorker
06-29-09 – Stain Gang, from New Yorker
07-20-09 – Buried Treasure, from New Yorker
08-31-09 – Local Talent, from New Yorker
09-28-09 – Scousers, from New Yorker
10-12-09 – You’ve Got Mail, from New Yorker
10-19-09 – Forbidden Fruit, from New Yorker
10-26-09 – That’s Italian, from New Yorker
12-28-09 – School of Rock, from New Yorker
12-28-09 – Caped Crusader, from New Yorker
01-11-10 – Dashboard Divas, from New Yorker
01-15-10 – Helpless, from New Yorker
04-05-10 – Still-Life with Carla, from New Yorker
04-26-10 – Lost, from New Yorker
05-10-10 – Cycling, from New Yorker
05-17-10 – Finding the Funny, from New Yorker
05-24-10 – Doctor, Doctor, from New Yorker
09-06-10 – In the Book, from New Yorker
09-13-10 – Tavi Says, from New Yorker
10-04-10 – Wall Street Verite, from New Yorker
10-25-10 – Only Connect, from New Yorker
11-01-10 – Them Thar Faults, from New Yorker
11-29-10 – Tongue Twister, from New Yorker
12-06-10 – Frenemies, from New Yorker
01-03-11 – Expert Witnesses, from New Yorker
01-24-11 – Roundup, from New Yorker
01-31-11 – Bohemian, from New Yorker
03-07-11 – Girl’s Best Friends, from New Yorker
03-21-11 – Knife Guy, from New Yorker
03-23-11 – Tavi and Jane Unite, from New Yorker
04-11-11 – Thin Yellow Line, from New Yorker
04-18-11 – Gwyneth’s World, from New Yorker
05-23-11 – Hidey-Holes, from New Yorker
07-04-11 – Roberta’s, from New Yorker
09-07-11 – Rookie Grows Up, from New Yorker
10-03-11 – You Belong With Me, from New Yorker
10-10-11 – Two of a Kind, from New Yorker
10-17-11 – Preoccupied, from New Yorker
10-24-11 – The Leopard at Des Artistes, from New Yorker
11-14-11 – Grecian Formula, from New Yorker
12-05-11 – Birds and Bankers, from New Yorker
01-23-12 – David Burke Kitchen, from New Yorker
01-30-12 – Watch Party, from New Yorker
02-06-12 – The Plagiarist’s Tale, from New Yorker
03-10-12 – The New Republic’s New Boss, from New Yorker
03-19-12 – Caffe Storico, from New Yorker
03-19-12 – Original, from New Yorker
04-09-12 – Crystal Ball, from New Yorker
05-14-12 – Rabble-Rousers, from New Yorker
05-21-12 – The Bowery Diner, from New Yorker
05-21-12 – The Newbie, from New Yorker
06-11-12 – Fluid Ounces, from New Yorker
08-06-12 – Biang!, from New Yorker
08-27-12 – Teen Titan, from New Yorker
08-27-12 – Rush, from New Yorker
08-27-12 – Shots, from New Yorker
09-06-12 – Gangnam Bieber Style, from New Yorker
10-01-12 – Partners, from New Yorker
11-05-12 – Legally Related, from New Yorker
11-08-12 – “Election Protection. Can I Have Your Name?” from New Yorker
12-10-12 – Postpartum, from New Yorker
01-07-13 – Pig and Khao, from New Yorker
04-01-13 – The Bad-Boy Brand, from New Yorker
04-15-13 – Second Act, from New Yorker
05-09-13 – The Kate Upton Effect: America’s Favorite Bombshell, from Vogue
05-27-13 – Big Weather, from New Yorker
06-01-13 – Antica Pesa, from New Yorker
07-15-13 – Comeback, from New Yorker
09-16-13 – From Mars, from New Yorker
10-14-13 – Nail-Biter, from New Yorker
01-06-14 – Principled, from New Yorker
01-20-14 – In Cold Mud, from New Yorker
01-22-14 – Video: A Writer Survives Tough Mudder, from New Yorker
01-24-14 – Justin Bieber’s New Image, from New Yorker
02-24-14 – Revenge of the Nerds, from New Yorker
03-10-14 – Table Talk, from New Yorker
05-05-14 – The End of Food, from New Yorker
05-12-14 – Cinderella Stories, from New Yorker
05-19-14 – Hot Right Now, from New Yorker
09-15-14 – The Plus Side, from New Yorker
11-17-14 – The Programmer’s Price, from New Yorker
01-12-15 – Zuckerberg Bump, from New Yorker
01-26-15 – The Athleisure Class, from New Yorker
02-16-15 – Mother May I?, from New Yorker
02-27-15 – Morning in Midwood, from New Yorker
03-09-15 – Om Sweet Om, from New Yorker
05-25-15 – Air Bus, from New Yorker
06-29-15 – The Higher Life, from New Yorker
07-13-15 – New Guys, from New Yorker
07-27-15 – Revving Up, from New Yorker
09-14-15 – Perfect Pitching, from New Yorker
10-19-15 – It Takes a Village, from New Yorker
10-29-15 – Bustle Has a Baby, from New Yorker
11-30-15 – On Ice, from New Yorker
01-17-16 – Jennifer Lopez Inside the New InStyle: I Knew I Hadn’t Reached my Peak Yet, from InStyle
03-14-16 – Barbie Boy, from New Yorker
03-19-16 – Fashion Collages for the Age of Instagram, from New Yorker
03-21-16 – Top Dogs, from New Yorker
05-09-16 – Happy Together, from New Yorker
05-16-16 – Skyway, from New Yorker
07-01-16 – Bad Doctors, from Harvard Lampoon
08-15-16 – Ivanka and Jared’s Power Play, from New Yorker
10-03-16 – Bridgegate Trial, Week 2, from New Yorker
10-06-16 – The Female Gaze of Petra Collins, from New Yorker
10-17-16 – The Creepy-Clown Hysteria, from New Yorker
11-14-16 – Muslim Women Debrief After Trump’s Win, from New Yorker
01-16-17 – J.F.K.’s New Animal Terminal, from New Yorker
02-06-17 – Becoming an American Under Trump, from New Yorker
04-03-17 – The Historian Making Science Come Alive, from New Yorker
04-17-17 – The Martha Stewart of Marijuana Edibles, from New Yorker
09-25-17 – How Everlane Hacked Your Wardrobe, from New Yorker
10-30-17 – Harvey Weinstein’s Cameo in a Barbie Movie, from New Yorker

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