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Guardian Cities: Where Is the World’s Most High-Tech City?

Before long, Santiago could be a city full of electric vehicles charged by “smart” power grids, many of them driving on highways equipped with traffic-reducing automated variable toll pricing. Perhaps a new arrival to the Chilean capital would go for the chance to found a technology company, incentivised by programmes like the state-backed, foreigner-friendly Start-Up […]

Twenty favorite Open Culture posts, featuring Haruki Murakami, Bill Murray, Douglas Coupland, Chris Marker, Steely Dan, Nam June Paik, Los Angeles…

Every weekday I write a post at Open Culture, usually to do with literature, film, music, art, television, radio, or language. I’ve done over 1000 so far, but on this list (which I revise every so often) you’ll find a few of my favorites: All of Wes Anderson’s Cinematic Commercials: Watch His Spots for Prada, American Express, […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture S4E33: Avoiding Disposability with Jacques Testard

Colin Marshall sits down in Knightsbridge, London with Jacques Testard, founding editor of the quarterly arts journal The White Review. They discuss the re-issue of Nairn’s Towns featuring past guest Owen Hatherley; London’s surprisingly small literary culture and what, before founding The White Review, he didn’t see getting published; the “deeply stereotypical Williamsburg existence” he once lived in […]

To go with my new writing space, my new career

From Donald Richie’s Japan Journals: Called a flâneur in print. Looked it up. “Witty, insouciant, man of the world.” Like that very much. Also, “not serious.” Like that even better. It is like being a dandy without having to pay tailoring bills. An element of pose and nothing, such as earnestness, to mar the effect. Also, […]

Hello, world!

You can find all my old posts (but why would you want to?) going back to 2008-ish on colinmarshall.typepad.com, and going back to 2002 on colinmarshall.livejournal.com.

Hi, I’m Colin Marshall

… 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: […]