About Mark Simpson

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English author and journ­al­ist Mark Simpson is credited/blamed for coin­ing ‘met­ro­sexual’ in an essay titled ‘Here come the mir­ror men’ in the UK’s Independent news­pa­per in 1994.

Compounding his crime, Simpson intro­duced his insuf­fer­ably pretty off­spring to the US in 2002, out­ing David Beckham as the prime exem­plar and start­ing the cur­rent global epi­demic of met­ro­sex­mania. Simpson is also attrib­uted with intro­du­cing us to the ‘ret­ro­sexual’ (in the sense of the anti-metrosexual).

The global cool-hunting web­site Science of the Time has described him as:

“The world’s most per­cept­ive — and cer­tainly the wit­ti­est — writer about masculinity”.

The Times of India included ‘met­ro­sexual’ in their review of the most import­ant words of the last thirty years, commenting:

“Much has been writ­ten about met­ro­sexu­als, but no one has done it as well as the man cred­ited with coin­ing the term, Mark Simpson.”

In December 2008 GQ Russia lis­ted him top­less and oiled up in their top ten Things That Changed Men’s Lives, above Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sigmund Freud — and even Biotherm Homme.

Both The New York Times and The London Times acclaimed his saucy concept of ‘Sporno’ (‘the place where sport and porn meet and pro­duce a spec­tac­u­lar money shot’) as one of their ‘Ideas of the Year’.

Simpson has writ­ten for far too many pub­lic­a­tions around the world, includ­ing The London Times, Salon.com, Arena Homme Plus, Dutch Playboy, Out, the Independent, the Seattle Stranger, the Guardian, Vogues Hommes International, Attitude and Details.

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Books by Mark Simpson:

 

Metrosexy

 ”“Wildly intel­li­gent and ter­ri­fy­ingly funny, his out­land­ish pre­dic­tions on the fate of man­kind have all proved unnerv­ingly pres­ci­ent. I dread to think what he might come up with next. Read him at your leis­ure but ignore him at your peril.” – Jake Arnott, author of The Long Firm

Saint Morrissey

Funny, clever, hon­est, irrev­er­ent and egot­ist­ical: Simpson is quite the match for Morrissey. More bio­graph­ies should be writ­ten this way.”

- Independent on Sunday ‘Books of the Year’

Male Impersonators

Brilliant” — Observer

Sex Terror

“Magnificent… Open Simpson’s book any­where you like as often as you like and you’ll find gem-like sen­tences Zadie Smith would give her white teeth for” — Suzi Feay, Independent on Sunday

It’s a Queer World

You’d have to be a chronic depress­ive not to laugh’” — New Statesman

Anti-Gay (Ed.)

The year’s most con­tro­ver­sial book” — BBC Radio Five

The Queen Is Dead (with Steve Zeeland)

Something of a mas­ter­piece’ — Independent

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What the press says about Mr Simpson:

 

SIMPSON WRITES WITH ENOUGH PANACHE TO MAKE MOST OF HIS PEERS TOSS THEIR LAPTOPS INTO THE WASTE DISPOSAL AND WEEP

- Simon Price, Independent on Sunday

THE GAY ANTI-CHRIST” – Vogue

I ALMOST HATE TO AGREE WITH ANYTHING HE SAYS” – London Review of Books

AN AMUSED, DETACHED VOLTAIRE

- Independent on Sunday

ERUDITE, INCISIVE, SASSYFRESH, HILARIOUS

- Publishers Weekly

ONE OF THE BRIGHTEST WRITERS AROUND

- Time Out

BRILLIANTLY BUCCANEERING” – Spectator

SERIOUSLY FUNNY” - Scotland On Sunday

SPUNKY’” — Lambda Book Report

ONE OF ENGLAND’S MOST ELOQUENT AND SARDONIC COMMENTATORS” – Bay Windows

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Mark Simpson on the set of The Leather Boys

INTERVIEWS WITH MARK SIMPSON

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