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Category Archives: Notebook on Cities and Culture

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s Korea Tour: Telling the Grayness with Krys Lee

In Seoul’s Seodaemun-gu, Colin talks with Krys Lee, author of the story collection Drifting House. They discuss the impression of Korean life as a living hell; the way she prefers to mix the light and the dark; the “obsession with violence” that led her to write about a woman who longs to be beaten; “Koreanness” as Drifting […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s Korea Tour: Cool Koreania with Barry Welsh

In Seoul’s Yangjae station, Colin talks with Barry Welsh, host of the Seoul Book & Culture Club and Seoul Film Society as well as professor at Sookmyung Women’s University. They discuss what Koreans know about the Isle of Man, the last place he lived; how he founded his now well-known book club; his literary encounters with […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s Korea Tour: Eating It All Together with Daniel Gray

Right across the street from Seoul’s Insadong district, Colin talks with Daniel Gray, creator of the site Seoul Eats, proprietor of craft beer restaurants Brew 3.14π and Brew 3.15π, and for four years a partner at O’ngo Food Communications. They discuss his weariness of the term “Seoul food”; what part of Korean culture happens around the table; what goes […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s Korea Tour: Korean Dreams with Alex Jensen

In Seoul’s Itaewon district, Colin talks with Alex Jensen, host of weekday news show This Morning on TBS eFM. They discuss whether he envisions who he’s talking to when he’s talking on-air; what first strikes him about the Tube whenever he goes back to London; when he very first took to the airwaves; how much he knew […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s Korea Tour: Cowboys and Yangban with Charles Montgomery

In Seoul’s Haebangchon district, Colin Marshall talks with Charles Montgomery, professor in the English Interpretation and Translation Division of Dongguk University, editor of the site KTlit.com, and global ambassador of Korean literature in translation. They discuss the first Korean books that excited him; the mistakes he made in choosing his first works of Korean literature to read; the significance of […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s Korea Tour: Dive Right In with Steve Miller

In Anyang, Colin talks with Steve Miller, creator of the Asia News Weekly podcast, and the vlogger formerly known as QiRanger. They discuss whether he notices what goes on on around him has he records himself on video on the streets of various countries; the suburbs of Seoul versus the suburbs of Phoenix; the possible pronunciations of “QiRanger”; […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s Korea Tour: Humans of Seoul with Keith Kim

In Seoul’s Hongdae district, Colin talks with Keith Kim, creator of the travel and culture site Seoulistic. They discuss how Birkenstocks became the dominant Korean trend in the summer of 2014; what a gyopo is, and what it means to live in Korea as one; his ability to present himself as both a Korean and a foreigner; […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s Korea Tour: Doing Korea with Chance Dorland

In Seoul’s Hongdae district, Colin talks with Chance Dorland, radio- and podcast-hosting expat in countries like Germany, Colombia, and now South Korea, currently of Groove magazine’s Groovecast, TBS eFM’s “Chance Encounters” segment, and Chance and Dan Do Korea. They discuss the one thing that unites Americans; the origins of his Korean podcasting career; whether people knew what […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s Korea Tour: Why Is This Here? with Nikola Medimorec

On the Seoul Floating Islands, Colin talks with Nikola Medimorec, co-author of Kojects, an English-language blog on transport, urban planning, and development projects around Korea. They discuss the first Korean city he ever experienced, and what introduction it gave him to both the country’s festival culture and its development culture; what makes the transit different […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s Korea Tour: Forbidden Places with Jon Dunbar

At a bar by the train tracks near Yongsan, Colin talks with Jon Dunbar, urban explorer, editor of long-running Korean punk zine Broke in Korea, and author of Daehanmindecline. They discuss the difference between a Korean abandoned place and a Canadian abandoned place; how Seoul got re-inhabited after the war; the development of poor “moon villages” […]