"You can't have Bach, Mozart and Beethoven as your favorite composers," Michael Tilson Thomas once declared. "They simply define what music is." By the…
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When the coronavirus pandemic arrived in the United States, Michael Sorkin became one of its earliest high-profile casualties. He died in New York City…
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When you hear something described as "only in L.A.," rest assured of its being neither unique to nor representative of Los Angeles. Take, mundane thoug…
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When Rem Koolhaas published Delirious New York in 1978, he hadn't yet built his best-known work. Central China Television Headquarters was 35 years awa…
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Anyone with an interest in American cities today has heard of Walk Score. Launched in 2007, the web site calculates the proximity of any given address …
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Andrei Codrescu moved to New Orleans in 1985, and Hurricane Katrina followed two decades later. "New Orleans will be rebuilt, but it will never again b…
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The publisher of Owen Hatherley's Trans-Europe Express: Tours of a Lost Continent sent me a copy addressed to "Colin Marshall, Cities Writer." Though I…
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When urban theorists speak of "reading" the city, they usually leave the mechanics of the act to the reader's imagination. In 1977, Christopher Alexand…
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I wonder: have I ever described the city as "humankind's greatest invention"? It's not impossible, given the proclamation's tempting combination of bol…
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An introduction to Books on Cities, my new Substack newsletter
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Welcome to Books on Cities by me, Colin Marshall. Seoul-based essayist and broadcaster on cities, language, and culture, currently at work on a book ab…
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