Marcus Boon

Marcus Boon teaches contemporary literature and cultural theory. His interests include literature in the digital age, critical theory, the Beats and other alternative and countercultures, sound studies, and the cultural study of spirituality and religion. He is the author of The Road of Excess: A History of Writers on Drugs (Harvard UP, 2002) and In Praise of Copying (Harvard UP, 2010). He edited America! A Prophecy: The Sparrow Reader (Soft Skull, 2006) and Subduing Demons in America: The Selected Poems of John Giorno (Soft Skull, 2008) and wrote the introduction to Walter Benjamin’s On Hashish (Harvard UP, 2006). He writes about music and sound for The Wire. He is currently working on a book entitled The Politics of Vibration. His website is