Taffy Brodesser-Akner has written for the Los Angeles Times, Salon, and Babble, among other publications. She lives with her husband, Claude, and her son, Ezra, in Los Angeles, where she is waited on in restaurants by out-of-work soap opera actors who recognize her not at all.

With the cancellation of As the World Turns, a former soap-opera magazine editor dishes on daytime’s dwindling, insular world—and the daily insults soap actors face.