Mars van Grunsven is one of the last true generalists in journalism: interested in about anything, seldom bothered by expertise, always guided by common sense and compassion.

He has written about anarchy in New York’s Lower East Side, local currencies in The Berkshires, naked bankers, laziness, a Galapagos island under the rule of a sex-crazed Baroness. Also: the Tea Party, antifa, Elvis and Ray Pettibon. Or the insanity of taking guidance from the Founding Fathers in today’s issues.

Mars’s work has appeared in Holland’s most respected publications, most notably the magazine De Groene Amsterdammer and the newspaper NRC Handelsblad. In the US his articles have appeared in Metropolis M and Literary Hub, among others.


Mars holds a master of law degree from the University of Amsterdam (1995) and speaks Dutch, English, French, and German. He held several leadership roles within media organizations before establishing himself in New York, in 2005.

In 2021, Mars joined New York based Company Cue as lead editor, managing an international team of journalists, copywriters and editors. He is also an editor at the Foreign Desk of the Dutch press agency ANP.

For samples of his work check out the sections Arts & Culture, Economy, Politics, and Social Issues. Or visit the archives of De Groene or NRC.