Carolyn Hax

Why We Read Carolyn Hax

Matt: There is at least one very good reason why Hax's innumerable columns produce hundreds upon hundreds of comments and why her weekly chat sessions are brimming with dedicated fans: Hax has been in the advice game for over 20 years, so she's lapped other Malcolm Gladwell acolytes and could in fact be the greatest advice columnist of them all. The sheer volume of questions she covers and has covered—and the consistently unique yet somehow widely relatable nature of those questions—is staggering, and her answers are so concise and enviably astute. As an added bonus, her columns are paired with ex-husband and “relationship cartoonist” Nick Galifianakis's delightfully perceptive comics. There's so much to be in love with here.