John Oakes is a writer and editor
based in New York City.

John Oakes is a writer and editor
based in New York City.

My first book, THE FAST: The History, Science, Philosophy, and Promise of Doing Without, is now available from Avid Reader Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Read an excerpt here or here. It is being published in the U.K. and Australia by Murdoch Books, in the Netherlands by Uitgeverij Ten Have, in Italy by il Saggiatore, and in Spain by Antoni Bosch. I am at work on my second book, which is about the nature of intelligence.

I am publisher of The Evergreen Review and co-founder of OR Books, a publishing company recognized as one of “the radical alternatives to conventional publishing” (The Guardian), where I am currently editor-at-large. In my thirty years in publishing, I worked on more than 600 books with several independent presses, starting with Barney Rosset’s legendary Grove Press. Authors of books I have worked on include Julian Assange, Medea Benjamin, Andrei Codrescu, Sue Coe, R. Crumb, Cory Doctorow, Andrea Dworkin, Abbie Hoffman, Jack Kerouac, Ross King, Gordon Lish, Eileen Myles, Luke O’Neil, Harvey Pekar, Rudy Rucker, Douglas Rushkoff, John Waters, and Edmund White. My essay “Publishing and Culture: The Alchemy of Ideas” appeared in The Oxford Handbook of Publishing (2019).


Photo: Gordon A. Gilbert, Jr.

I was named a “chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres” by the French government, and am a cum laude graduate of Princeton University, where I received a European Cultural Studies Certificate and the English Department’s Charles William Kennedy Prize for my thesis on Samuel Beckett. 

Work

 

My first book, THE FAST: The History, Science, Philosophy, and Promise of Doing Without, is now available from Avid Reader Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Read an excerpt here or here. It is being published in the U.K. and Australia by Murdoch Books, in the Netherlands by Uitgeverij Ten Have, in Italy by il Saggiatore, and in Spain by Antoni Bosch. I am at work on my second book, which is about the nature of intelligence.

I am publisher of The Evergreen Review and co-founder of OR Books, a publishing company recognized as one of “the radical alternatives to conventional publishing” (The Guardian), where I am currently editor-at-large. In my thirty years in publishing, I worked on more than 600 books with several independent presses, starting with Barney Rosset’s legendary Grove Press. Authors of books I have worked on include Julian Assange, Medea Benjamin, Andrei Codrescu, Sue Coe, R. Crumb, Cory Doctorow, Andrea Dworkin, Abbie Hoffman, Jack Kerouac, Ross King, Gordon Lish, Eileen Myles, Luke O’Neil, Harvey Pekar, Rudy Rucker, Douglas Rushkoff, John Waters, and Edmund White. My essay “Publishing and Culture: The Alchemy of Ideas” appeared in The Oxford Handbook of Publishing (2019).


Photo: Gordon A. Gilbert, Jr.

I was named a “chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres” by the French government, and am a cum laude graduate of Princeton University, where I received a European Cultural Studies Certificate and the English Department’s Charles William Kennedy Prize for my thesis on Samuel Beckett. 


Work