James Marcus is a writer, translator, critic, and editor. He is the author of Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot-Com Juggernaut and five translations from the Italian (the most recent being Tullio Kezich’s Dino: The Life and Films of Dino De Laurentiis and Saul Steinberg’s Letters to Aldo Buzzi). He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times Book Review, Salon, Newsday, the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Book Review, Lingua Franca, the Nation, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and many other publications. He also writes about jazz, pop, and classical music for WBUR Online Arts. He blogs at www.housemirth.blogspot.com.