John Leland (journalist)

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John Leland
Born 1959
New York City
Occupation Author

John Leland (born 1959) is an author and has been a New York Times journalist since 2000.[1][2][3] Leland began covering retirement and religion in January, 2004, during a stint in 1994, he was editor in chief of Details magazine.[2][4][5] Leland was also a senior editor at Newsweek, an editor and columnist at Spin magazine, and a reviewer for Trouser Press.[2][6][7]

Leland wrote Hip: The History[8] and Why Kerouac Matters: The Lessons of On the Road (They're Not What You Think).[3][9][10][11]


He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Columbia College in 1981.[1][2]


According to LeLand's Harper Collins biographical information, he lives in Manhattan's East Village with his wife, Risa, and son, Jordan.[12]


Leland has won two awards from the National Association of Black Journalists.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "John Leland". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Ask a Reporter: John Leland". New York Times Learning Network Student Connections. The New York Times. 2004. Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  3. ^ a b "Deep Carnivale 2009: John Leland". The Artists and Writers Group, Inc. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  4. ^ "Editor Change At Details". The New York Times. November 10, 1994. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  5. ^ Gabriel, Trip (December 4, 1994). "When an Editor Falls Off the Hipness Wave". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  6. ^ "Author: Mr. John Leland". HarperCollins Publishers. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  7. ^ "The Contributors". Trouser Press. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  8. ^ Leland, John (2004). Hip: The History. New York: Ecco. ISBN 978-0-06-052817-1. 
  9. ^ Leland, John (2007). Why Kerouac Matters: The Lessons of On the Road (They're Not What You Think). New York: Viking. ISBN 978-0-670-06325-3. 
  10. ^ "Hip: The History author John Leland is interviewed". Jerry Jazz Musician. January 3, 2005. 
  11. ^ "Back to the Future: Revisiting John Leland's 'History of Hip'". The American Shot. October 23, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Mr. John Leland from Harper Collins Publishers". Harper Collins. Retrieved 5 April 2013.