Hey! I’m a freelance journalist, event producer, and author in Los Angeles and New York. I write features, essays, and criticism for New York Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, GQ, VICE, FADER, Pitchfork, and other publications. I also host documentaries, podcasts, and radio shows for VICE, Boiler Room, Red Bull, and others.
My first book ‘WEED: You Want To Know But Are Always Too Stoned To Ask’ was published on April 20, 2019 by Random House and Prestel Publishing.
I throw a party called Weed Rave—a 12-hour stoner extravaganza with discussion panels, sound baths, cooking classes, yoga, and an all-night dance floor.
I’m interested in cannabis, nightlife and youth culture, race/gender politics, techno-futurism, and the weird side of Hollywood. I have a knack for identifying trends in the cultural zeitgeist, and championing women, people of color, and queer communities in my work is a given.
From 2014-2017, I was a features editor for VICE in New York City, overseeing electronic music and nightlife. I reported on topics like sexual assault in nightclubs, environmental scams in Ibiza, the economic impact of techno tourism, and 90s club kid murderers. I also made documentaries about Black Lives Matter’s impact on Baltimore’s music scene, and fatal synthetic hallucinogens.
I was named “Best Music Editor” by The Village Voice, and one of Brooklyn’s most influential people by Brooklyn Magazine.
I was born in Singapore, and graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Comparative Literature.
Get in touch! Michellelhooq [at] gmail.com / @michellelhooq