Mark Dery

  • Author
  • Critic
  • Essayist
  • Editor/Writing Coach

I coined the term “Afrofuturism.” I popularized “culture jamming.” I’ve written four books: Escape Velocity, a critique of the “libertarian bro” ideology that dominated the Digital Revolution of the ’90s and still shapes the politics of Silicon Valley kingpins; two studies of American mythologies (and pathologies), The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink and the essay collection I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts; and, most recently, a biography, Born To Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey.


In addition to writing books and essays, I run an editorial consultancy. Working with writers in every nonfiction genre–literary journalism, narrative nonfiction, memoir, biography, the personal essay, opinion writing–and at every stage in their careers, I help them take their work to the next level.

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