Nathan Rabin is a film and music critic known for having coined the phrase "manic pixie dream girl."
Rabin was the first head writer for The A.V. Club, which he left to co-found and become a staff writer for The Dissolve. At The Dissolve, he wrote the columns "Forgotbusters" and "Streaming University." He left The Dissolve to return to The A.V. Club as a freelance writer. He has written articles on the Insane Clown Posse, Phish, and "Weird Al" Yankovic.
Rabub was a panelist on the show "Movie Club with John Ridley" on AMC.
Rabin's first book, the memoir, "The Big Rewind: A Memoir Brought To You By Pop Culture," was published in 2009. He has written several books about pop culture, including two about Al Yankovic.
Rabin was raised in Chicago. He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.