… a Seoul- and sometimes Los Angeles-based essayist, broadcaster, and public speaker on cities and culture.
I write for Guardian Cities, Open Culture, the Los Angeles Review of Books (including its Korea Blog), and I’m now at work on the crowdsourced urbanist-cultural-travel journalism project Where Is the City of the Future? as well as a book called A Los Angeles Primer: Mastering the Stateless City. I’ve also written for Boom: A Journal of California, KCET, Bookforum, Boing Boing, Put This On, The Japan Foundation, The Millions, 3Quarksdaily, The Quarterly Conversation, and Maximum Fun.
I hosted and produced the world-traveling podcast Notebook on Cities and Culture [RSS] [iTunes], which evolved from the public radio program The Marketplace of Ideas. My video essay series The City in Cinema examines cities (especially Los Angeles) as they appear on film. My public speaking, which I’ve done in places like Portland’s Hollywood Theatre, the San Francisco Urban Film Festival, Chapman University, California State University Long Beach, and the Seoul Book and Culture Club, usually covers this same suite of cities-and-culture-related topics.