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I’m guest curator this week at Cureditor

This week, the new site Cureditor has brought me on as guest curator, meaning they’ve posted an interview with me and will put up a new one of my cultural recommendations each day. They asked for a selection from my own stuff (I picked the video essay on Speed) and then for four others from around the […]

I talk Philip K. Dick on USC’s Bedrosian Book Club Podcast

USC’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise (a part of their Sol Price School of Public Policy) does a monthly podcast called the Bedrosian Book Club, which has so far discussed books like Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century, Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, and Joan Didion’s The White Album. This month — thanks, I believe, to my City […]

I’m guestblogging at Boing Boing for a couple weeks

  … and you can find all the posts I put up — whose subjects have thus far included 1980s Japanese pop-funk, Jackie Chan’s Hong Kong, the BBC view of Los Angeles, the Korean Film Archive, Douglas Coupland, Yasujirō Ozu, Jonathan Gold, doomsday in Portland, and Gentlemen Broncos — here. (If you’re into Boing Boing, consider also having a listen […]

My Favorite City Book of 2014 in the Guardian

The Guardian rounds up its city writers’ favorite city books of 2014, including my selection: The Interior Circuit Francisco Goldman It takes bravery, or at least fatalism, to drive in Mexico City. Having developed a bit of both in the years after his young wife’s sudden death, Guatemalan-American writer Francisco Goldman took on the challenge of […]

KoreAm magazine profiles me and my relationship to Korea

A white guy living in L.A. like it’s Seoul. That’s Colin Marshall. Living in the Koreatown district of Los Angeles, a city where people drive to the park to take a walk, his main form of transportation is his two feet. Marshall recently traveled across South Korea, from Seoul to Changwon to Busan, for six […]

My third appearance on 11 Points Countdown: Fun Things Ruined by Technology

  I’ve made a return to 11 Points Countdown for a two-parter: “11 Things That Used to Be Fun But Got Ruined by Technology“. You can see my previous turns, (genuine) beer in hand across from host Sam Greenspan, on my about page: first, on the benefits of high gas prices, and second, on underwhelming United States landmarks. […]

Five favorite reads of 2013 on Conversational Reading

Conversational Reading collected five of my favorite reads this year, new or old, a list which wound up hitting Los Angeles, Japan, Mexico City, China, and spanning the mid-1940s to this year: Mario Bellatin (trans. David Shook), Shiki Nagaoka: A Nose for Fiction. Despite the excitement he reliably gins up among his readers, Mario Bellatin, the […]

I co-host an episode of Podcast Squared

I’ve just appeared as a co-host on an episode of Andrew Jonhstone’s Podcast Squared. Under the banner of “Serious Podcast Talk”, we get into topics such as whether podcasting represents not the 21st-century evolution of the radio, as commonly assumed, but the 12st-century evolution of the telephone. “If you’ve ever wondered what the ideal Podcast […]

Monocle magazine interviews me about misunderstood Los Angeles

You may remember my Podthought on Monocle magazine’s podcast The Urbanist. For their most recent episode on hometowns, they invited me on for a conversation about Los Angeles, my “adopted hometown,” with Monocle‘s editor Andrew Tuck. We talk about why Los Angeles doesn’t tend to rank on livability charts, why Europeans have trouble interfacing with the […]

Me interviewed, and Notebook reviewed, on Podcast Squared

Andrew Johnstone of Podcast Squared — a podcast of podcasts, you see — recently had me on his show for an expansive conversation about the craft. (The “podcraft”?) On another episode, he also took the time to review Notebook on Cities and Culture. Thanks very much indeed, Andrew, and listeners, if ever you feel like disseminating […]