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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 […]

My U.S. landmark takedown on 11 Points Countdown

  Above you’ll find my triumphant return to Sam Greenspan’s 11 Points Countdown. This time, he sat me down for a morning Boddington’s-in-hand discussion of the United States’ eleven most overrated landmarks, as voted by his viewership. He’d been to all of them; I’d been to none of them but, bizarrely, EPCOT Center. Had we […]

Me 11 Points Countdown: how to stop worrying and love high gas prices

  Above, please enjoy my appearance on the new 11 Points Countdown video. Host Sam Greenspan puts me, “podcasting superstar Colin Marshall,” in the hot seat for eight minutes to discuss the audience-voted good things about high gas prices. As a carless Angeleno, a cycling enthusiast, and an all-around fan of “multimodal transportation,” I found this […]

I take on A Clockwork Orange on The Auteurcast

Rudie Obias and West Anthony invited me on their podcast The Auteurcast, a show which picks out fascinating directors and discusses all their films one-by-one. I joined them during a Stanley Kubrick cycle. They would have had no way of knowing this — except due to sheer film-geek likelihood — but Kubrick counts among the […]