Seabrook graduated from St. Andrew's School (DE) in 1976, Princeton University in 1981 and received an M.A. in English Literature from Oxford. He began his career writing about business and published in a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, including Harper's, Vanity Fair, GQ, The Nation, The Village Voice, and the Christian Science Monitor. To date, he has published three books besides contributing numerous articles to The New Yorker. A feature film based on his 2008 book Flash of Genius was released on October 3, 2008.
- Deeper: My Two-Year Odyssey in Cyberspace (1997)
- Nobrow: The Culture of Marketing, the Marketing of Culture (2000) Review [for comparison, see Peter Swirski's textbook on nobrow taste culture in America, From Lowbrow to Nobrow
- Flash of Genius and Other True Stories of Invention (2008)
- Seabrook, John (11 October 2010). "The Talk of the Town: Dept. of Visitations: Peekers". The New Yorker 86 (31): 38.
- Official Publisher's page for John Seabrook
- Webpages dedicated to John Seabrook
- Contributions to The New Yorker
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