John Glassie is the author of A Man of Misconceptions (Riverhead, 2012), a non-fiction book about a great and strange 17th-century polymath named Athanasius Kircher. A New York Times Book Review "Editor's Choice," it was called one of the best books of 2012 by Atlantic Wire and Scientific American.
A contributing editor for The New York Times Magazine over many years, John has written for The Believer, The New Republic, The Paris Review Daily, Salon, and Wired, as well as The New York Times and other newspapers and magazines. In addition to writing numerous articles about books, the arts, and ideas, he has interviewed dozens of public figures, from Gene Simmons to Anita Hill to Jhumpa Lahiri.
Glassie's street photographs became the basis of a 2005 book, Bicycles Locked to Poles, published by McSweeney's, and the subject of an exhibition at Jen Bekman Gallery in New York. At certain odd times he has also exhibited paintings, constructions, and video. His writing and photographs have been included in several anthologies, including The Public Domain Review: Selected Essays, 2011-2013 (PDR Press, 2014), New York: A Photographer's City (Rizzoli, 2011), Art of McSweeney's (Chronicle Books, 2010), and Ancient Gonzo Wisdom: Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson (DeCapo press, 2009).
John teaches at the Pratt Institute and has given talks or participated on panels at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Columbia University, Loyola University in New Orleans, The New School, The CUNY Graduate Center, and The University of Iowa. He has also been a ghostwriter and speechwriter, and has worked with a number of media, policy, and cultural organizations as a consultant. He grew up near Washington, D.C., and went to The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He lives in Brooklyn.
interviews, talks + other events
February 17, 2015
Baltimore Book Festival
With the Ivy Bookshop
in the fabulous George Peabody Library
Sunday, September 29, 2013, 12:00 noon
C-SPAN Book TV
Chicago Printers Row Lit Fest
Chicago, June 8, 2013
Science on Screen: "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen"
May 28, 2013
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Brooklyn, NY
Loyola University, New Orleans
Monday, April 22, 7 p.m.
Columbia University Seminar in the Renaissance
April 9, 2013
New York, NY
Lapham's Quarterly Podcast
February 26, 2013
The Ivy Bookshop, Baltimore
January 24, 2013
Lanigan & Malone Morning Show
January 22, 2013
WMJI 105.7-FM in Cleveland
Science Friday on NPR
December 28, 2012
The Leonard Lopate Show
December 10, 2012
WNYC-FM, New York
In conversation with Joshua Foer and Lawrence Weschler (postponed)
December 4, 2012
The Observatory Room at Proteus Gowanus
543 Union Street (at Nevins), Brooklyn, NY
All Things Considered on NPR
November 18, 2012
Miami Book Fair International
Sunday, November 18, noon
Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami
Moby-Dick Marathon Reading NYC
Friday, November 16 , 5 p.m. to midnight
WORD, 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY
Barnes & Noble, Bethesda, MD
Thursday November 15, 2012 7:00 p.m.,
4801 Bethesda Avenue,
Sean Moncrieff Show
Newstalk radio, Dublin, Ireland
Greenlight Bookstore, with author and New Yorker editor Ben Greenman
Monday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m.
686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn