Sam Lansky

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Sam Lansky (born September 23, 1988)[1] is an American journalist, author and editor. He has worked for Time magazine, New York magazine, The Atlantic, Esquire, Out, and Grantland.

Early life[edit]

After his parents divorced, he lived with his father in Manhattan and attended the Dwight School.[1] He began using drugs when he was in his early teens. He was forcibly entered into a wilderness rehabilitation in Utah at 17[2] and became sober when he was 19.[3]


He enrolled in The New School and graduated with a degree in creative writing. He worked as a freelance music critic before joining the editorial staff of Time.[1] At Time, he profiled Madonna, Nicki Minaj and Adele.

In 2016, he released his first book The Gilded Razor, a memoir of his troubled teenage years.[4] On writing the book, he said, "I cleaned up my act and turned my life around when I was really young. Even though it’s crazy to be releasing a memoir at 27, having not lived that long, I’m writing about things that happened a full decade ago. It took me a while to feel like I had enough distance to tell the story in the way that I wanted to tell it, but I feel like I reached a point to look back on it, and be removed enough to do it justice."[4]

Lansky's first novel, Broken People, was published by Hanover Square Press in 2020.[5] In 2023, Lansky served as the ghostwriter for Britney Spears' memoir, The Woman in Me.[6] He interviewed and profiled Taylor Swift for Time after she was picked as the Person of the Year by the magazine.[7]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2018, Lansky lives in Los Angeles.[8]




  1. ^ a b c Connelly, Sherryl (January 14, 2016), "Time magazine culture editor Sam Lansky reveals his wild days in new memoir 'The Gilded Razor'". NEW YORK DAILY NEWS. Retrieved April 6, 2017.
  2. ^ "The Gilded Razor A Memoir" Retrieved on January 10, 2018
  3. ^ "Sam Lansky - Interview Magazine". Interview Magazine. January 27, 2016. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Chatting With Sam Lansky About His Already-Triumphant 2016". Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  5. ^ "Broken People". Book Marks. Literary Hub. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  6. ^ "Sam Lansky: the ghostwriter who helped bring Britney's troubled story to the page". The Independent. October 23, 2023. Retrieved November 11, 2023.
  7. ^ "Taylor Swift Is TIME's 2023 Person of the Year". TIME. December 6, 2023. Retrieved December 6, 2023.
  8. ^ Gardner, Chris (October 9, 2018). "Time West Coast Editor Sam Lansky Scores Publishing Deal for Debut Novel (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 9, 2020.

Works cited[edit]

  • Lansky, Sam (January 12, 2016). The Gilded Razor: A Memoir. Gallery Books. ISBN 9781476776149.