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colinsidebar2Hi, 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 GuardianLos Angeles Review of Books, Bookforum, Boing BoingOpen Culture, Put This On, The Japan Foundation, The Millions3QuarksdailyThe 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 Seoul National University, Yonsei University, 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

Selected essays:

Recent press and guest appearances: