Marcus James (Writer) Biography, Age, Wife, Married, The New York

James Marcus is deputy editor of Harper’s Magazine and author of Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot-Com Juggernaut. His work has appeared …

Marcus James (Writer) Biography

James Marcus was born in the literary hotbed of Paterson, NJ, and grew up in the New York area. He is the author of “Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot-Com Juggernaut” and a half-dozen translations from the Italian, the most recent being Giacomo Casanova’s “The Duel.”

His work has appeared many publications, including the Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, Salon, the Nation, Raritan, the Paris Review, and the Village Voice, and his essay “Faint Music” was selected for “Best American Essays 2009.”

He is Deputy Editor at Harper’s Magazine, after a three-year tenure at the Columbia Journalism Review. He blogs about books, music, and miscellaneous stuff at House of Mirth. A collection of essays from CJR called “Second Read,” which he edited and introduced, will be published by Columbia University Press in November.

Marcus James( Writer) Age

James Marcus is deputy editor of Harper’s Magazine and author of Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot-Com Juggernaut. His work has appeared in many publications, including The Nation, The Los Angeles Times, The Harvard Review, The Paris Review, and Best American Essays 2009. … His age, birthdate, are unknown but stay ready for the update soon

Second Read: Writers Look Back at Classic Works of Reportage (Columbia Journalism Review Books) Paperback – October 18, 2011

The Columbia Journalism Review’s Second Read series features distinguished journalists revisiting key works of reportage. Launched in 2004 by John Palattella, who was then editor of the magazine’s book section, the series also allows authors address such ongoing concerns as the conflict between narrative flair and accurate reporting,

the legacy of New Journalism, the need for reporters to question their political assumptions, the limitations of participatory journalism, and the temptation to substitute “truthiness” for hard, challenging fact.

Representing a wide range of views, Second Read embodies the diversity and dynamism of contemporary nonfiction while offering fresh perspectives on works by Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe, Rachel Carson, and Gabriel García Márquez, among others. It also highlights pivotal moments and movements in journalism as well as the innovations of award-winning writers.

Essays include Rick Perlstein on Paul Cowan’s The Tribes of America; Nicholson Baker on Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year; Dale Maharidge on James Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men; Marla Cone on Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring; Ben Yagoda on Walter Bernstein’s Keep Your Head Down;

Ted Conover on Stanley Booth’s The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones; Jack Shafer on Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test; Connie Schultz on Michael Herr’s Dispatches; Michael Shapiro on Cornelius Ryan’s The Longest Day; Douglas McCollam on John McPhee’s Annals of the Former World;

Tom Piazza on Norman Mailer’s Armies of the Night; Thomas Mallon on William Manchester’s The Death of a President; Miles Corwin on Gabriel García Márquez’s The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor; David Ulin on Joan Didion’s Slouching Toward Bethlehem; and Claire Dederer on Betty MacDonald’s Anybody Can Do Anything.

Marcus James( Writer) Wife, Married

SIDELIGHTS: Writer James Marcus left the world of freelancing in 1996 to become employee number fifty-five of Amazon.com, hired by founder and future billionaire Jeff Bezos. His wife quit her job in Portland, Oregon, and they moved with their young son to Seattle, Washington to join the Internet startup, where Marcus remained until 2001. Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.com Juggernaut is his memoir of that period in his life.

The company was in its infancy, the first of the Internet bookstores, and Marcus churned out thousands of reviews and author interviews. The number of employees swelled to 8,000, and suddenly, everyone was an editor. Marcus was put in charge of the home page, and continued to write his reviews.

Marcus was caught up in the enthusiasm that propelled the young company, worked long hours, packed books in the warehouse during the holidays, and pitched in where needed, as all employees did to get the company off the ground. The company continued to operate at a huge loss, however, and the decision was made to cut back on content.

Customer reviews replaced professional reviews, the content was generated by data-mining programs, and Amazon became a very different company. In 2001, fifteen percent of the employees, Marcus among them, were laid off.

As Catherine Taylor—arts editor at Amazon from 1998 to 2002—commented in the Manchester Guardian, Marcus’s work “is wry, gently despairing, littered with philosophical musings and passages from Emerson, with a salient if a quaint reminder that the earliest Internet pioneers were once part of utopian communities.”

Jonathan Yardley noted in his review for the Washington Post Book World that “Marcus is right to say that ‘as the Internet becomes more and more of a mainstream phenomenon, it’s easy to forget just how much utopian baggage it used to carry.’

The Internet has a ‘transcendental capacity to shrink time and distance’ and ‘has ushered entire communities into being, and given a literal twist to the notion of kindred spirits,’ and it was out of such notions that Amazon was born. Bezos seems to have had imperial designs right from the beginning, but there was also an idealist, even a naivete, to the company’s origins.”

Like other Amazon employees, Marcus had accepted stock options in lieu of a higher salary, and at the peak of the boom, his were worth $9 million. When the stock tumbled in 2000, it lost much of its value, leaving Marcus to cash out and move back to New York to resume his career as a freelance journalist.

Amazon, which rebounded in 2002, acquired Joyo.com in 2004. Joyo.com is China’s largest retailer, with a potential of eighty million customers. Amazon generated $16 million in sales in 1996, and its revenues in 2003 topped $5 billion.

San Francisco Chronicle reviewer David Kipen called Marcus’s skills “the book critic’s stock in trade: close reading, an ear-plugged trust in the pertinence of one’s own responses, plus what he calls, referring to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s fondness for high SAT scores, ‘intellectual candlepower.'” Kipen added that Amazonia “brims with fascinating Amazoniana.”

Elizabeth Corcoran wrote in the Boston Globe that Marcus “is a graceful writer with an eye for detail. This is not a kiss-and-tell story. He liked his colleagues, he liked the company. It is a reflective muse about life inside a tornado.”  There are no pieces of information about his wife, marriages, wedding but stay ready for the update soon

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Marcus James( Writer) The New York Times

The New York Times (sometimes abbreviated as the NYT and NYTimes) is an American newspaper based in New York City with worldwide influence and readership.

Founded in 1851, the paper has won 127 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other newspaper. The Times is ranked 17th in the world by circulation and 2nd in the U.S. Read also Michael E. Greenberg

The paper is owned by The New York Times Company, which is publicly traded and is controlled by the Sulzberger family through a dual-class share structure. It has been owned by the family since 1896; A.G. Sulzberger, the paper’s publisher, and his father, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., the company’s chairman, are the fourth and fifth generation of the family to head the paper.

Nicknamed “The Gray Lady”, the Times has long been regarded within the industry as a national “newspaper of record”. The paper’s motto, “All the News That’s Fit to Print”, appears in the upper left-hand corner of the front page.

Since the mid-1970s, The New York Times has greatly expanded its layout and organization, adding special weekly sections on various topics supplementing the regular news, editorials, sports, and features.

Since 2008, the Times has been organized into the following sections: News, Editorials/Opinions-Columns/Op-Ed, New York (metropolitan), Business, Sports of The Times, Arts, Science, Styles, Home, Travel, and other features.

On Sunday, the Times is supplemented by the Sunday Review (formerly the Week in Review), The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine and T: The New York Times Style Magazine.

The Times stayed with the broadsheet full-page set-up and an eight-column format for several years after most papers switched to six, and was one of the last newspapers to adopt color photography, especially on the front page.

Marcus James( Writer) The New York History

First published an issue of New-York Daily Times, on September 18, 1851
Origins

The New York Times was founded as the New-York Daily Times on September 18, 1851. Founded by journalist and politician Henry Jarvis Raymond and former banker George Jones, the Times was initially published by Raymond, Jones & Company. Early investors in the company included Edwin B. Morgan, Christopher Morgan, and Edward B. Wesley.

Sold for a penny (equivalent to 30 cents today), the inaugural edition attempted to address various speculations on its purpose and positions that preceded its release:

We shall be Conservative, in all cases where we think Conservatism essential to the public good;—and we shall be Radical in everything which may seem to us to require radical treatment and radical reform.

We do not believe that everything in Society is either exactly right or exactly wrong;—what is good we desire to preserve and improve;—what is evil, to exterminate, or reform.

In 1852, the newspaper started a western division, The Times of California, which arrived whenever a mail boat from New York docked in California. However, the effort failed once local California newspapers came into prominence.

On September 14, 1857, the newspaper officially shortened its name to The New-York Times. (The hyphen in the city name was dropped on December 1, 1896.) On April 21, 1861, The New York Times began publishing a Sunday edition to offer daily coverage of the Civil War.

One of the earliest public controversies it was involved with was the Mortara Affair, the subject of twenty editorials in the Times alone.

The main office of The New York Times was attacked during the New York City Draft Riots. The riots, sparked by the beginning of drafting for the Union Army, began on July 13, 1863. On “Newspaper Row”, across from City Hall, Henry Raymond stopped the rioters with Gatling guns, early machine guns, one of which he manned himself.

The mob diverted, instead of attacking the headquarters of abolitionist publisher Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune until being forced to flee by the Brooklyn City Police, who had crossed the East River to help the Manhattan authorities.

In 1869, Henry Raymond died, and George Jones took over as publisher.
The newspaper’s influence grew in 1870 and 1871, when it published a series of exposés on William Tweed, leader of the city’s Democratic Party—popularly known as “Tammany Hall” (from its early 19th century meeting headquarters)—that led to the end of the Tweed Ring’s domination of New York’s City Hall.

Tweed had offered The New York Times five million dollars (equivalent to more than 100 million dollars today) to not publish the story.

In the 1880s, The New York Times gradually transitioned from supporting Republican Party candidates in its editorials to becoming more politically independent and analytical. In 1884, the paper supported Democrat Grover Cleveland (former Mayor of Buffalo and Governor of New York State) in his first presidential campaign.

While this move cost The New York Times a portion of its readership among its more progressive and Republican readers (revenue declined from $188,000 to $56,000 from 1883-1884), the paper eventually regained most of its lost ground within a few years.

Ochs era
After George Jones died in 1891, Charles Ransom Miller and other The New York Times editors raised $1 million dollars to buy the Times, printing it under the New York Times Publishing Company.

However, the newspaper was financially crippled by the Panic of 1893, and by 1896, the newspaper had a circulation of less than 9,000 and was losing $1,000 a day. That year, Adolph Ochs, the publisher of the Chattanooga Times, gained a controlling interest in the company for $75,000.

Shortly after assuming control of the paper, Ochs coined the paper’s slogan, “All The News That’s Fit To Print”. The slogan has appeared in the paper since September 1896 and has been printed in a box in the upper left-hand corner of the front page since early 1897.

The slogan was a jab at competing papers, such as Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World and William Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal, which were known for a lurid, sensationalist and often inaccurate reporting of facts and opinions, described by the end of the century as “yellow journalism”.

Under Ochs’ guidance, aided by Carr Van Anda, The New York Times achieved international scope, circulation, and reputation; Sunday circulation went from under 9,000 in 1896 to 780,000 in 1934.

In 1904, during the Russo-Japanese War, The New York Times, along with The Times, received the first on-the-spot wireless telegraph transmission from a naval battle: a report of the destruction of the Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet, at the Battle of Port Arthur, from the press-boat Haimun.

In 1910, the first air delivery of The New York Times to Philadelphia began. In 1919, The New York Times’ first trans-Atlantic delivery to London occurred by dirigible balloon. In 1920, during the 1920 Republican National Convention, a “4 A.M. Airplane Edition” was sent to Chicago by plane, so it could be in the hands of convention delegates by evening.