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Category Archives: Notebook on Cities and Culture

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s Korea Tour: Assume the Impossibility with Laurence Pritchard

In Seoul’s Gangnam district, Colin Marshall talks with with Laurence Pritchard, writer, teacher, and enthusiast of Korean literature. They discuss the Korean phenomenon of the “English gentleman” and the presence of English culture in the country; the idea that westerners “are all incredibly promiscous”; the expectations of an Englishman; the constant hurry of Seoul; his […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s Korea Tour: Sonic Bibimbap with Bernie Cho

In Seoul’s Garosu-gil, Colin Marshall talks with Korean music industry expert Bernie Cho, president of DFSB Kollective, a creative agency that provides digital media, marketing, and distribution services to Korean pop music artists. They discuss why the world now knows what K-pop is; how Korean youth culture, pop culture, and digit culture have become one in the same; […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s Korea Tour: Everything I Learned Was Wrong with Hyunwoo Sun

In Seoul’s Mapo-gu, Colin Marshall talks with Hyunwoo Sun, founder of the Korean language-learning site Talk to Me in Korean. They discuss whether a space alien with no knowledge of any human language should first study English or Korean; how he got into teaching his native language; how the strangeness of seeing foreigners speaking Korean […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture S4E67: Extremely Permanent with Doug Pray

Beneath the rock of Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Colin Marshall talks with documentarian Doug Pray, maker of such films as Hype! on the Seattle 1990s grunge scene, Infamy on graffiti artists, Surfwise on Doc Paskowitz’s traveling family, and Art & Copy on the advertising industry. His new Levitated Mass examines the complicated movement of the rock all the way […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture S4E66: Who Am I? with Craig Davidson

In a pub in Toronto’s Swansea, Colin Marshall talks with novelist Craig Davidson, author of Rust and Bone, The Fighter, Sarah Court, and most recently The Fighter, all under his on name, and author of horror fiction under the pseudonyms Nick Cutter and Patrick Lestewka. They discuss Toronto’s distance, geographical and in sensibility, from Niagara falls; his potential attraction to […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture S4E65: Unerotic City with Mark Kingwell

At the University of Toronto, Colin Marshall talks with Mark Kingwell, professor of philosophy and author of such books as A Civil Tongue: Justice, Dialogue, and the Politics of Pluralism, The World We Want: Restoring Citizenship in a Fractured Age, Concrete Reveries: Consciousness and the City, and most recently the collection Unruly Voices: Essays on Democracy, Civility and the Human […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture S4E64: The Greatest Point of Relevance with Alex Bozikovic

In Toronto’s Christie Pits neighborhood, Colin Marshall talks with Globe and Mail architecture critic Alex Bozikovic, who also writes for such publications as Dwell, Wallpaper, Toronto Life, and Spacing. They discuss whether Honest Ed’s has any architectural significance to go with its social significance, and what its imminent disappearance says about the urbanism of Toronto’s future; its Los Angeles-like interest […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture S4E63: Mementos Mori with Keith McNally

Out with the raccoons on the closed second-floor balcony of a Toronto bar, Colin Marshall talks with Keith McNally, the podcast auteur behind the shows XO, I Have a Ham Radio, and The Vinyl Countdown. They discuss the function and imminent disappearance of Honest Ed’s; podcasting as a 21st-century means of hanging out with “friends” and having man-to-man […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture S4E62: Nothing to Declare with Amy Lavender Harris

In Toronto’s Junction, Colin Marshall talks to Amy Lavender Harris, geographer at York University and author of Imagining Toronto, a study of the city as depicted in its literature. They discuss the psychedelically-illustrated, Toronto-centric poetry of Dennis Lee with which so many Torontonians grew up; how it took her thirty years from her Lee-reading days to […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture S4E61: Publishing Crushing with Alana Wilcox

Near the University of Toronto, Colin Marshall talks to Alana Wilcox, Editorial Director of Coach House Books and author of the novel A Grammar of Endings. They discuss the past twenty years’ boom in Toronto writing; what factors, including an embarrassing mayor in the nineties, made “mythologizing our own city” possible; why Coach House prints […]