Meet the Staff at Highbrow Magazine: Q&A With Writer Mark Bizzell

Mark Bizzell


Mark Bizzell is a recovering Texan who for the past 20 years has called California home and paradise.  After working in PR for many years, he is now doing penance by exposing truth to power and having a bit of fun writing about culture also.  Living in the City of Angeles, he is enrolled in the writer’s program at UCLA and volunteers at the Taproot Foundation.


What inspired you to become a writer?

It’s the only thing I’m any good at.  I also like to read.


Who is your favorite journalist?

Christiane Amanpour.  In a recent interview she said she was criticized for reporting genocide – she defended her role as exposing the truth, in addition to reporting just the facts.



What’s the worst assignment you’ve ever had?

Ghost-writing op-eds for HMO execs.   I regret it.


Which is your favorite city in the U.S.?

Two:  Austin and Los Angeles.



What’s your all-time favorite film?

The Sound of Music.


Which newspapers/magazines/websites do you read regularly?

Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, Vanity Fair and Highbrow Magazine (of course).


Would you rather become the next editor-in-chief of the New Yorker or replace Jon Stewart as host of the “Daily Show”?

Replace Stewart, it would be easier.


What are your favorite “highbrow” pastimes?

Dining out.  I don’t cook; I eat.  I would love to learn to eat like Italians.  Americans eat too fast.


Photos: Sarah Ackerman, Hallersman, David Shankbone (Flickr, Creative Commons).

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