To-Do List Magazine : Diving Into the Details of Daily Life

"To-Do List is a magazine about nothing—and everything, a rare treat of a publication that offers a glimpse into other people's everyday lives. It's both funny and thought-provoking."
- Andy Steiner, Utne Reade

Our overarching theme is lists, the minutiae of daily life. Therefore, we also want your lists, all of your lists: to-do lists, shit lists, desert island lists, top 10 lists, pet names for lovers lists, and so on. Send us the authentic thing —and perhaps your list will be reprinted in the magazine! Let us know if we can attribute it to you.

Our Readers

Unlike most of the publications flashing across newsstands, To-Do List magazine is not just for women of a certain age, or just for women period. To-Do List is not just for men with GQ style. Our interest is in diving into the details of daily life that make us click, roar, think, develop, and sometimes break down. No one has the patent on these experiences, even in this decade where the very human DNA is becoming corporate property. Our outlook is broad, and our readers reflect that perspective.


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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Hark! There will be a QUIRKYALONE BIKE TOUR in the South of France in September 2006. For more information, visit

-- Sasha

Wednesday, April 12, 2006


I'm super excited to announce that To-Do List will now be a book! TO-DO LIST will be published by Simon & Schuster in fall 2007. For more information about how to contribute lists to the book, please visit

TO-DO LIST will be a book of real, handwritten to-do lists with commentary. It will capture the range of mundane and meaningful things we think about in our everyday lives.

I invite you to contribute your lists--ideally, the real, handwritten variety written in the course of your everyday life. We’re interpreting "to-do" broadly: everything from garden-variety daily to-do lists to . . .

lifelong goals

pros and cons lists

wish lists

honeymoon ideas

articles i want to write

boys/girls I have kissed

vocab lists

secrets i have never told anyone

cliches to avoid

things i would do if i win the lottery

hobbies to take up

classes to take

movies to see

things i like to do alone

lists of any kind

Send your real, handwritten lists to:


P.O. Box 40128

San Francisco, CA 94140

Deadline: July 1, 2006, but the sooner the better.

Tech-savvy? Feel free to send a scan of your list too to todolistblog at gmail dot com. But eventually I will need the real thing.

Please include: Your name, mailing address, email address and phone number.

Feel free to include a short note about what was going on in your life when you wrote the list; what prompted you to write it; what does the list mean to you; how do you the feel about the person who you were when you wrote it. Two or three sentences is fine.

If your list is chosen, I will contact you to interview you about the story behind the list—in other words, what was going on in your life when you wrote it. Your contribution can be anonymous in the published book, so don't hesitate to send in lists with revealing items—those are often the best kind.

Questions? Contact me at

-- Sasha

Thursday, May 19, 2005

To-Do List is still on hiatus but now I am collecting to-do lists for a book project. I want your lists, all of your them: to-do lists, desert island lists, top 10 lists, 10 things to do before I die, pet names for lovers lists, and so on. Please note that I want your authentic lists, nothing that you write specifically for publication. You can always tell the difference between the carefully composed list and the real thing.

I will post some of the best of the best on a website in advance of the book's publication and in the book itself.

Mail your lists to To-Do List Book, PO Box 40128, San Francisco, CA 94140. Be sure to include the following release with the requested information: name, mailing address, phone and email address. If you have the ability, please send a scan at 300 dpi of your list to The scan is very helpful and appreciated but cannot substitute for the genuine article. Either way I need your real list in the mail.

You can send in the list alone. You are also welcome to write a handwritten few lines (or typed if necessary) about your state of mind when you wrote the list, and any other story that goes along with the list. Let me know if you prefer to be anonymous or if it’s okay to list your name, age, occupation, and location with the list.

When you mail in your list, please print out the following release and sign it:

To-Do List Release

By submitting a list, I grant To-Do List a perpetual, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, distribute, and otherwise exercise all copyright and publicity rights with respect to that list at its sole discretion, including storing it on To-Do List servers and incorporating it in other works in any media now known or later developed, including, without limitation, a website and published books.

If I do not wish to grant To-Do List these rights, it is suggested that I do not submit information to this project. To-Do List reserves the right to select, edit and arrange submissions, and to remove information from the To-Do List book and website at any time at its sole discretion.

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From our premiere issue:


Find Self


Perfect strangers reveal deepest regrets.


When your father spent his entire life in a steel mill, and you have never worked a full-time job, how do you explain what you're doing?


The subtle rebellion of chipped polish.

Find Soulmate

The Quirkyalone

A tidal wave of books and movies has been produced about us, and, still, we endure society's quizzical looks. It is high time to recognize that we are not just the negated version of the attached.


Strangers meet for cocktails. Suburban moms and dads fall in love. Suburban moms and dads divorce. Three personal(s) stories.


What you see . . . and what you get.


A poll.


Make Bed


So easy, and yet, so hard.


Lists, lists, lists.


Desert rats and mesquite bean patties.

 Pay the Rent


Most college graduates are taking jobs at internet start-ups. This writer took another path to working in the new economy—electronics assembly.


Inspiration (and deflation) on the way to work.


Smell the Roses


From sexy sundress . . . to frumpy housecoat.


Ten best hair salon names in America.