Hi, I’m Colin Marshall, a Seoul-based essayist, broadcaster, and public speaker on cities and culture.
For the Los Angeles Review of Books Korea Blog, I write thrice-weekly dispatches on the literature, cinema, current events, and daily life of Korea as the LARB’s man in Seoul.
I hosted and produced the world-traveling podcast Notebook on Cities and Culture [RSS] [iTunes], a show dedicated to long-form conversation with cultural creators, internationalists, and observers of the urban scene around Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Osaka, Kyoto, Mexico City, Vancouver, Toronto, Copenhagen, London, Seoul and beyond. It evolved from the public radio program The Marketplace of Ideas, which aired on KCSB-FM in Santa Barbara from 2007 to 2011.
My video essay series Los Angeles: The City in Cinema examines the variety of Los Angeleses revealed in the films set there, both those new and old, mainstream and obscure, respectable and schlocky, appealing and unappealing — just like the city itself. I’ve also done a long-form video essay on Portland, the City in Cinema.
I’m at work on the book A Los Angeles Primer: Mastering the Stateless City, and I also write or have written for The Guardian, Los Angeles Review of Books, Bookforum, Boing Boing, Open Culture, Put This On, The Japan Foundation, The Millions, 3Quarksdaily, The Quarterly Conversation, and Maximum Fun.
My public speaking tends to cover the same suite of subjects referenced above, especially cities in cinema. I’ve presented at events like Portland and Los Angeles: The Cities in Cinema at the Hollywood Theatre and the San Francisco Urban Film Festival as well as at schools like Chapman University and California State University Long Beach. If you’ve got any inquiries, please do feel free to send them along to the e-mail address below.
contact: colinjmarshall at gmail
photo: Noé Montes
- Los Angeles: A City that Outgrew its Masterplan, essays from A Los Angeles Primer, the Korea in California and the California in Korea, the Gentrification of Skid Row
- Seattle: South Lake Union, the Downtown Amazon Built
- Portland: Food carts and the secret of Portland urbanism
- Las Vegas: Downtown and the Downtown Project, the urban planning of the Strip
- Japan: Chris Marker, Sans Soleil, and Japan, Four Western literary expats in postwar Japan, Isle of Dreams by Keizo Hino and The Paradise Bird Tattoo by Choukitsu Kurumatani, Take Ivy by Teruyoshi Hayashida, et al.
- Korea: Three novels by Kim Young-ha, the films of Hong Sangsoo, An Urbanist’s Tour of South Korea (Seoul, Songdo, Changwon, Busan), the Korea in California and the California in Korea
- Canada: Four books about Vancouver, Toronto’s multiculturalism
- Men’s style: 100 Years of Menswear by Cally Blackman, ABC of Men’s Fashion by Hardy Amies, The Details Men’s Style Manual by Daniel Peres, Dressing the Man by Alan Flusser, Fuck Yeah Menswear by Kevin Burrows and Lawrence Schlossman, I Am Dandy by Nathaniel Adams and Rose Callahan, Icons of Men’s Style by Josh Sims, The Men’s Fashion Reader by Peter McNeil and Vicki Karaminas, Off the Cuff by Carson Kressley, Preppy by Jeffrey Banks and Doria de la Chapelle, Sex and Suits by Anne Hollander, Take Ivy by Teruyoshi Hayashida, et al., The Measure of a Man by JJ Lee, The Nordstrom Guide to Men’s Style by Tom Julian, The Suit by Nicholas Antongiavanni, Why a Man Should Be Well Dressed by Adolf Loos
- Writers of place: Peter Hessler, Donald Richie, Christopher Rand
- General city life: Transport as Urban Character
- Travel diaries: Vancouver 2013, Mexico City 2013, Portland 2013, Kansai 2012, Seattle 2012, Portland 2012, San Francisco 2012, Mexico City 2011
Recent press and guest appearances:
- Conversation about Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? on USC’s Bedrosian Book Club podcast
- Interview on Busan eFM 90.5’s Inside Out Busan (5/13/2015 broadcast, begins 56:24)
- KoreAm magazine profile and interview
- 중앙일보 Korea Tour profile (Korean-language)
- 11 Points Countdown with Sam Greenspan, on fun things ruined by technology
- Co-hosting appearance on Podcast Squared
- Conversation about Los Angeles with editor Andrew Tuck on Monocle magazine’s podcast The Urbanist (segment begins 22:27)
- Interview on Podcast Squared, and a review of Notebook on Cities and Culture
- 11 Points Countdown with Sam Greenspan, on underwhelming United States landmarks
- 11 Points Countdown with Sam Greenspan, on the benefits of high gas prices
- The Auteurcast with Rudie Obias and West Anthony on Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange
- 중앙일보 interview (Korean-language)
- Second, three-hour appearance on K-Town Tonight with Mike Kim
- Battleship Pretension with Tyler Smith and David Bax: a three-hour course in the nineties’ “Indiewood” movement
- The Criterioncast on Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
- The Criterioncast on Abbas Kiarostami’s Taste of Cherry
- G.I.O Get It On with Giovanni Giorgio the third time
- G.I.O Get It On with Giovanni Giorgio the second time (can’t find this one, for some reason)
- G.I.O. Get It On with Giovanni Giorgio
- K-Town Tonight on Radio Korea with Mike and Elli
- The Creative Community on Channel 21 with David Starkey
- Radio Causeway on KCSB with Tim Grigsby and Pav Aulakh
- Think Different TV with Ben Casnocha
- Full-Stop.net with Michael Schapira
- Broadcasting Brain with Mark Dykeman (this might not be on the net anymore)
- The People You Don’t Know with Eugene Ahn