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Hey, I’m Mark!

Nyack, New York, United States · Member since November 2011
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I'm a cultural critic, book author, freelance journalist, and former universiity professor. I live in New York's Lower Hudson Valley.

Right now, I'm at work on a biography of the artist and writer Edward Gorey, for Little, Brown.

If I stay in your rental, I'll be impeccably clean and respectful of your possessions, treating your home as my own. I'm a low-impact guest, since I'm focused on my research, reading, and other scholarly pursuits. In other words, while I'm grateful for advice about subways, neighborhood eateries, parking, and the like, I won't eat up a lot of your social time. Other details: I'm a cat fancier and therefore not allergic to cats and am myself catlike in that I prefer to stay in the home of a fastidious housekeeper. What else? I don't smoke...*anything*.

More about myself: I'm best known for my writings on the politics of popular culture in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Cabinet, Bookforum, Rolling Stone, Elle, and Wired; on websites such as True/Slant and Thought Catalog; and in books such as The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink and Escape Velocity: Cyberculture at the End of the Century.

I travel frequently, researching books and lecturing; thus my interest in AIR BNB.

I've been a professor of journalism at New York University, a Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow at UC Irvine, and a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome. I'm a frequent lecturer in the United States and overseas.