Chris Marino

tutor, reader, writer

Chris grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey. He graduated from Yale University, where he studied philosophy and the history of architecture, in 2013. After two years as a tutor and after-school teacher in New York, he went to the University of Chicago to study cultural anthropology and obtained a master’s degree in 2016. As a tutor, Chris particularly enjoys working with students to develop their skills in reading comprehension, problem solving, and analytical writing. When he’s not tutoring, he likes to read and write about history, politics, and culture, and he plays soccer in a men’s league on the Lower East Side.

…a text I love to teach

The Railway Journey by Wolfgang Schivelbusch. The book explores the ways in which 19th-century consciousness was the product of adaptations to the new technology of the railroad. I love to make students use their imaginations to visualize his arguments–for example, the way the speed of the train moves your eye toward the horizon and changes your perception of the landscape.

…a favorite place I’ve visited

Di Palo’s, an Italian grocery on Grand Street. It’s always crowded and it takes forever to get your number called, and strangely, that makes it one of the few places in New York where I’m forced to slow down. I can find someplace to stand and have my eyes trace the cured meat hanging from the ceiling, the blocks of cheese resting on marble countertops, and the colorful antipasti behind a glass display, and just relax.

…eight people living or dead I’d invite to my ideal dinner party

Walter Benjamin, John Berger, Eric Hobsbawm, Anna Magnani, Jai & A.K. Paul, Prince, C. Nadia Seremetakis

…something I can’t stop thinking about

We typically think of moral, ethical, and political convictions as the product of ideas of right and wrong that we arrive at through conscious deliberation. But how might the sensory, embodied experiences of everyday life–the food you eat, the job you work, the ways you move through the city, the technology you use to communicate and get information–shape those convictions?