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Stephen Marche (/mɑːrʃ/ MARSH; born 1976) is a Canadian novelist, essayist, and cultural commentator. He is an alumnus of The University of King's College and of City College of New York (CUNY). In 2005, he received a doctorate in early modern English drama from the University of Toronto. He taught Renaissance drama at CUNY until 2007, when he resigned in order to write full-time.
Career as writer
Marche is a contributing editor at Esquire, for which he writes a monthly column entitled "A Thousand Words about Our Culture". In 2011, this column was a finalist for the American Society of Magazine Editors award for columns and commentary. Marche's articles also appear in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Walrus, The Guardian, and other publications. Marche is also a weekly contributor to CBC Radio.
Marche's novel Raymond and Hannah was published in 2005. An anthology of short stories linked by a common plot element, Shining at the Bottom of the Sea, followed in 2007. How Shakespeare Changed Everything was published in 2011. Another novel, The Hunger Of The Wolf, was published in February 2015. Marche's take on the state of male–female relations in the 21st century, The Unmade Bed: The Messy Truth About Men and Women in the Twenty-First Century, was published in March 2017 with contributions from his wife.
Marche wrote an opinion piece published by The New York Times on August 14, 2015, titled "The Closing of the Canadian Mind." In this article he was critical of Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada, linking him with Rob Ford, former Mayor of Toronto who was involved in a crack cocaine scandal. Marche also published an opinion piece in The New York Times on November 25, 2017, titled "The Unexamined Brutality of the Male Libido," about the challenges and necessity of male engagement with feminism.
Marche wrote an essay published by The New York Times Book Review on February 26, 2023, titled "A Writer's Lament: The Better You Write, the More You Will Fail". The essay discussed writing and failure and noted that "failure" is normal for writers much of the time, and that near-obsessive persevering in the face of failure to be published is the true mark of a writer. In particular, he noted that a writer may have commercial success at times, but still, their best work may be the biggest failure (perhaps only recognized after a writer has died--using Melville's Billy Budd as an example). In the last paragraph of the essay, Marche wrote: "Good writers offer advice. Great writers offer condolences."
Marche is married to Sarah Fulford, the former editor-in-chief of Toronto Life magazine. Fulford is a daughter of Canadian journalist Robert Fulford. Marche and Fulford have a son and daughter, and live in Toronto.
This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (January 2018)
- Raymond and Hannah. 2005.
- (2015). The Hunger Of The Wolf.
- (2007). Shining at the Bottom of the Sea.
- (2011). How Shakespeare Changed Everything.
- (2017).The Unmade Bed: The Messy Truth About Men and Women in the Twenty-First Century.
- (2022). The Next Civil War: Dispatches from the American Future.
- (2023) On Writing and Failure: Or, On the Peculiar Perseverance Required to Endure the Life of a Writer (Field Notes)
Essays and Reporting
- "In praise of the new narcissism". A Thousand Words. Esquire. 159 (1): 56, 58. January 2013.
- (August 14, 2015). "The Closing of the Canadian Mind." The New York Times.
- (November 17, 2017). "The Unexamined Brutality of the Male Libido." The New York Times.
- "Al Qaeda Won". Foreign Policy. September 10, 2018.
- (April 20, 2019). "The 'debate of the century': what happened when Jordan Peterson debated Slavoj Žižek". The Guardian.
- ^ a b Brown, Ken. "Fulford in Charge: A glimpse inside the life of Toronto Life's new editor-in-chief, Sarah Fulford". magazines.humber.ca. Mag World. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
- ^ "King's Grads Honoured at the National Magazine Awards". University of King's College. Halifax, Nova Scotia. June 14, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
- ^ "Academic and Non-Academic Placement by Year". utoronto.ca. University of Toronto. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
- ^ "Stephen Marche". SpeakersBoutique.com. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
- ^ "Stephen Marche". Esquire. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
- ^ "Home | ASME". Magazine.org. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
- ^ Marche, Stephen (May 2012). "Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?". The Atlantic. Archived from the original on May 31, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2022.
- ^ "Stephen Marche". the Guardian. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
- ^ Beha, Christopher R. (September 9, 2007). "The Lost World". The New York Times.
- ^ Marche, Stephen. "How Shakespeare Changed Everything". HarperCollins.ca. HarperCollins Canada. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
- ^ Marche, Stephen (2011). How Shakespeare Changed Everything. Harper Perennial. ISBN 9781443406536.
- ^ Marche, Stephen. "The Hunger Of The Wolf". HarperCollins.ca. HarperCollins Canada. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
- ^ "The Unmade Bed". HarperCollins.ca. HarperCollins Canada. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
- ^ Marche, Stephen (August 14, 2015). "The Closing of the Canadian Mind". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
- ^ Marche, Stephen (November 25, 2017). "Opinion | The Unexamined Brutality of the Male Libido". The New York Times. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
- ^ A Writer's Lament: The Better You Write, the More You Will Fail by Stephen Marche, New York Times Book Review, 2/26/2023
- ^ "About Us". Toronto Life. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
- ^ Marche, Stephen (November 30, 2016). "The Obama Years". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
- 1976 births
- Living people
- 21st-century Canadian male writers
- 21st-century Canadian novelists
- 21st-century Canadian short story writers
- Canadian columnists
- Canadian social commentators
- Canadian male novelists
- Canadian male non-fiction writers
- Canadian male short story writers
- Esquire (magazine) people
- University of Toronto alumni
- Writers from Edmonton
- Canadian writer stubs