- For the LGBT author and journalist (born 1958), see Eric Marcus.
|Born||October 25, 1966|
University of California, Santa Cruz
|Subjects||Veganism and animal agribusiness|
|Notable work(s)||Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating and Meat Market: Animals, Ethics and Money|
|Notable award(s)||24 Carrot Award|
Erik Marcus (born October 25, 1966) is a writer and public speaker who runs the website Vegan.com, which discusses veganism news, vegan topics of interest, animal rights and animal welfare through a short, weekly podcast. Marcus has written five books, including: Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating and Meat Market: Animals, Ethics and Money. Before that, he was an accomplished computer scientist and creative software developer, and had developed the VeggieCard for the Apple Macintosh computer, a compressed set of archived files on a 3.5" computer diskette which unfolded with most of the text from Diet for a New America by John Robbins. He currently resides in Haiku, Maui, Hawaii.
Life and education
Erik Marcus was born on October 25, 1966 to Sonja and David Marcus. He was raised in Westport, Connecticut and graduated from Staples High School in 1985. The 1985 Staples yearbook, "Stapleite," quotes him as follows: "If you love something, set it free. If it returns, it has a good sense of direction. If it doesn't, it is probably starving out in the woods somewhere looking for you." Marcus further stated that he will always remember "watching [biology teacher] Mr. Haugh eat lunch as he dissected a cat."
Marcus is single. He enjoys reading, cooking, going hiking, and other outdoor activities.
Media, Event, and Public Speaking Career
In October 2000, Vegetarians in Paradise bestowed its "24 Carrot Award" upon Marcus for his efforts to bring the vegan message to the public through his writing and his internet website.
Marcus is one of several people who provided information used in the writing of the book Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism (2008) by Mark Hawthorne.
Marcus wrote the Foreword to Vegan Lunch Box: 130 Amazing, Animal-Free Lunches Kids and Grown-Ups Will Love! by Jennifer McCann (2008).
In 2008, Marcus changed his podcast format to a shorter, weekly podcast, called "VegTalk". These podcasts feature interviews with notable people in the vegan movement while still having some of the similar content as the previous podcasts. People interviewed in these podcasts include Jonathan Safran Foer, Paul Shapiro, and Nathan Runkle. These podcasts are available for free online listening at http://feeds.vegan.com/vegtalk.
In addition to his regular podcasts, books, and Vegan.com, Erik Marcus is known as a conference and public speaker who travels widely across North America. His early career writing software has been folded into his current technical ventures.
- Marcus, Erik (2000) . Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating (2nd ed.). Ithaca, New York: McBooks Press. ISBN 9780935526356. Lay summary (Summer 2001). Foreword by Howard Lyman.
- Marcus, Erik (January 2003). Vegan: Nova etika prehrane [Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating]. Makronova edicija (in Croatian). Nataša Ozmec (translator). Zagreb: Biovega. ISBN 9789536567577. Lay summary (in Croatian).
- Marcus, Erik (2005-07-15). Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, & Money. Boston: Brio Press. ISBN 9780975867907. Lay summary (2008-09-10).
- Marcus, Erik (2011-02-12). A Vegan History: 1944-2010 (Kindle Edition). ASIN B004NNV8FG. Lay summary (2012-01-10).
- Marcus, Erik (2011-05-20) . The Ultimate Vegan Guide: Compassionate Living Without Sacrifice (2nd ed.). Scotts Valley, California: CreateSpace. ISBN 9781461088011. Lay summary (2008-11-23). The first edition of this book is available for free viewing online at http://vegan.com/ultimate-vegan-guide/ .
- Marcus, Erik (2012-08-15). Nexus 7: Basics and Beyond. Mocana Productions Inc. ISBN 9781479133819. Lay summary (2012-08-25).
- Marcus, Erik (September 2008). "David Foster Wallace, Foodies, and Lobster". Vegan.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. "This introduction to lobster physiology sets the stage of Wallace’s devastating description of how lobsters react as they are slid into boiling water"
- Marcus, Erik. "Who Wants to be an Animal Millionaire?". Farm Sanctuary. Retrieved 2012-11-06. "If you’re going to take action for animals, you might as well choose tasks that will affect as many animals as possible."
Articles and reviews
- Marcus, Erik (2008-11-23). Erik Marcus and His Ultimate Vegan Guide. Interview with Mark Hawthorne. Archived from the original on 2012-10-25. http://strikingattheroots.wordpress.com/2008/11/23/erik-marcus-and-his-ultimate-vegan-guide/. Retrieved 2012-12-20. "For me, it's all about pragmatism: getting in tune with the public and figuring out what steps they’re ready to take right now."
- "Book 14: The Ultimate Vegan Guide by Erik Marcus". WordPress.com. 2012-04-15. Archived from the original on 2012-12-26. Retrieved 2012-12-14. "I'm focusing on making as many vegan meals as possible while I read as much as I can about the lifestyle."
- Voisin, Susan (2009-05-06). "Everyday Vegan Foods by Erik Marcus". Jackson, Mississippi: FatFree Vegan Kitchen. Archived from the original on 2012-12-26. Retrieved 2012-12-14. "... three simple foods that can make your meals quick, easy, and delicious."
- DuDell, Michael Parrish (2008-12-03). "Exclusive: Ecorazzi Goes 'Ultimate Vegan' With Erik Marcus' New Book!". Miami, Florida: Ecorazzi. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Bhatia, Pre. "Book Review: The Ultimate Vegan Guide". Compassionate Action for Animals. Retrieved 2012-12-14. "Marcus answers many common questions about veganism—the how to, what not to, and where to questions—designed to help you make a successful, informed, and healthy transition to a vegan diet."
- "Erik Marcus Interview". Mercy For Animals. Archived from the original on 2012-12-20. Retrieved 2012-12-19. "So long as what they are doing is considered a common or customary farming practice, animal cruelty laws don’t apply."
- "Amazon interviews Erik Marcus". Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex: Dallas-Fort Worth-North Texas Vegetarian Education Network. Archived from the original on 2012-12-20. Retrieved 2012-12-19. "I became convinced that the vegetarian movement needed a book with super-current sources, one that had been checked over by top experts for accuracy."
- "Goodreads author profile - Erik Marcus". Goodreads. 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2012-10-22.
- Blake, Steve (July 2012). "The End of Factory Farming -- A presentation by Erik Marcus". Wailuku, Hawaii: CalendarMaui.com. Archived from the original on 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2012-10-17. "Erik Marcus has a master's degree from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree from UC Santa Cruz."
- "Vegetarians in Paradise-Erik Marcus-24 Carrot Vegetarian Award". Los Angeles, California: Vegetarians in Paradise. October 2000. Archived from the original on 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2012-10-19. "Vegetarians in Paradise proudly bestows its 24 Carrot Award to vegan activist Erik Marcus for his efforts to bring the vegan message to the public through his writing and his internet web site."
- "Erik Marcus Biography". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
- McCann, Jennifer (2008-08-05). Vegan Lunch Box: 130 Amazing, Animal-Free Lunches Kids and Grown-Ups Will Love!. Da Capo Press. pp. xiii–xvi. ISBN 978-1-60094-072-9. Lay summary (March 2009). Foreword by Erik Marcus.
- Interview at Animal Rights 2009 (annual continental animal rights conference)