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About John Glassie

I'm the author of A Man of Misconceptions, a non-fiction book published by Riverhead about a great and strange 17th-century polymath named Athanasius Kircher. A New York Times Book Review "Editors' Choice," it was called one of the best books of 2012 by Atlantic Wire and Scientific American. I'm working on another book.  

My written work has been published by The Believer, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Public Domain Review, The Washington Post, Wired, and other venues. In addition to writing articles about books, the arts, and ideas, I've interviewed dozens of public figures, from Anita Hill to Gene Simmons to Jhumpa Lahiri.

For many years I was an editor with The New York Times Magazine. Among other things there I published first-person stories from around the world and worked with some very fine literary novelists, journalists, and memoirists. These include authors such as Diane Ackerman, Daniel Alarcón, Nadeem Aslam, Sarah M. Broom, Rachel Cline, Ben Fountain, Sheila Heti, Gabe Hudson, Samantha Hunt, Randa Jarrar, Mat Johnson, Bret Anthony Johnston, Etgar Keret, Eka Kurniawan, Rachel Kushner, Laila Lalami, Yiyun Li, Dale Maharidge, Bob Morris, Sarah Manguso, Dina Nayeri, ZZ Packer, Kathryn Rhett, Karen Russell, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Robert Stone, Wells Tower, Abraham Verghese, Vendela Vida, Bryan Washington, Kevin Wilson, and John Wray.

I've taught writing at Pratt Institute and have given talks or participated on panels at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Columbia University, Loyola University in New Orleans, The New School, The CUNY Graduate Center, and The University of Iowa. I've also worked as an independent editor with a number of authors on their manuscripts and book proposals.

In 2005, my street photographs became the basis of a 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 I've also exhibited paintings, constructions, and video.


My writing and photos 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).

Earlier in life I was a propaganda artist at NBC and on the staff of a Washington, D.C., communications firm that worked with museums and arts institutions. Over the years, I've providing editorial services to a range of media companies and cultural entities. I grew up in the D.C. area and went to The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. I"ve been in the New York area for many years and now live in Brooklyn.  

Interviews, Talks & Other Events

Interview with Deutchlandradio Kultur

February 17, 2015

Baltimore Book Festival

With the Ivy Bookshop
in the fabulous George Peabody Library
September 29, 2013

Author discussion on C-SPAN Book TV

With Edward Ball and Eric Banks 

Chicago Printers Row Lit Fest
June 8, 2013

Science on Screen: "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen"

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Brooklyn, NY

May 28, 2013

Interview with New Orleans Review

April, 2013

Reading and talk for Columbia University Seminar in the Renaissance

New York

April 9, 2013

Appearance on Gweek o86: Utopian for Beginners

With Mark Frauenfelder and Joshua Foer

March 19, 2013

Appearance on 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

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,
Bethesda, MD

Sean Moncrieff Show

November 14
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



johnglassie at gmail

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