W. David Marx is a long-time writer on culture based in Tokyo and the author of Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style (Basic Books, 2015).
Marx was a Literature Editor for the Harvard Lampoon, and upon graduation, worked as an editor of the American edition of Tokion.
Since that time, he has written on music, fashion, and culture for publications such as The New Yorker, Lapham's Quarterly, GQ, Harper's Magazine, Nylon, The Business of Fashion, and The Fader. He also contributed Japanese language articles to Popeye, Brutus, Weekly Diamond, and Cyzo.
Marx is Co-Founder and Chief Editor of Néojaponisme — an occasionally-publishing arts and criticism web-journal, founded in 2007 with designer/writer Ian Lynam.
Marx holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies at Harvard College. His senior thesis on the Japanese fashion brand A Bathing Ape received the Noma-Reischauer Prize. He also holds a M.A. in Marketing and Consumer Behavior from Keio University.
In January 2005, Marx released his debut mini-album Kyoshu Nostalgia under the name Marxy on New York's short-lived Beekeeper Records, founded by Nick Sylvester (later of Mr. Dream, Godmode Music) and Matt LeMay (later of Get Him, Eat Him). The album's single "Neoplasticism vs. De Stijl" was included on the compilation CD accompanying the final 2005 issue of Japanese indie music magazine Beikoku Ongaku. Marxy followed with six-song ep Beaus in Disarray and album Forty Years From Now (music related, 2008).
Recent Press and Appearances
Ametora received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly, as well as coverage in Vogue, People, Entertainment Weekly, Monocle, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Quartz, A Continuous Lean, and The Globe and Mail.
The New Yorker wrote up Marx's involvement in an international news cycle around Kanye West and croissants. In 2010, Marx starred in a six-part video series for automotive brand Infiniti.