Marc Porter Zasada became well-known to residents of greater L.A. as “The Urban Man” on his website, and on local NPR station KCRW, where he has often gone out looking for “the mystery, poetry, and sometimes beautiful conundrums of modern life." He reviews classical theatre, opera, and music at

Marc is a former managing editor of the Los Angeles Downtown News (where he continues to review opera & theater), former editor of the Bay Area book section, “Title Pages,” and a founder of the Bay Area Book Awards—along with being a sometime high-tech executive and marketing consultant. His articles, essays, and stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Antioch Review, on NPR’s All Things Considered, BBC World Service, and many other venues.

The Urban Man: Staying Human in L.A., a collection of Marc’s essays, was praised as an L.A. Times Book Review “Discovery” in 2008, and can be purchased from Amazon.

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