Mars van Grunsven (’68) is a Dutch-American journalist, whose work appears in Holland’s most respected magazines and newspapers—most notably De Groene Amsterdammer, a weekly opinion magazine perhaps best described as a crossover between The New Yorker and Harper’s. His stories also appear in NRC Handelsblad, Holland’s leading newspaper, and in the Belgian magazine Knack.
As a US correspondent, Mars writes long-form articles about political thought, social issues, economics and culture, to name a few broad areas. One particular area of focus is social activism, as Mars is fascinated by America’s tradition of activism, which stretches from the American Revolution to the current Tea Party, from the Progressive Era to Occupy Wall Street.
Mars holds a law degree from the University of Amsterdam. After short stints in real estate and law, he decided to pursue his career in a field where his love for culture and intellectual debate come together—media. He was one of the ten co-founding editors of Carp, a Dutch magazine aimed at well-educated professionals. In 1999, he became the editor-in-chief and general manager of LookSmart Netherlands, an internet search company based in Amsterdam. He returned to journalism in 2003, by joining the publishing house Multi Magazines as a managing editor.
At the end of 2004, Mars left Amsterdam for New York, where he established himself as a US correspondent. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Rachael Cole, and their son, Alexander. He’s an avid runner, with a lifelong passion for literature, cheese and salami.
Others about Mars:
Mars is an informed and accomplished journalist whose command
of American politics puts many of us “natives” to shame.
— Sam Tanenhaus, author of The Death of Conservatism
Mars parachutes into New York cultural life with aplomb.
— Lorin Stein, editor of the Paris Review
Mars reads American social mores very deeply and writes about them with the insight
of someone who is both an insider and an outsider.
— Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon and Far from the Tree