Robert(a) Marshall

Photo credit: Gina Ruggeri

Robert(a) Marshall’s biography of Carlos Castaneda, American Trickster, is due out from University of California Press in 2022. Their novel, A Separate Reality, was published by Carroll & Graf in 2006; their writing has also appeared in Salon, The Evergreen Review, N + 1 Online, the Kenyon Review, Barcelona Review, Another Chicago Magazine and numerous other publications.

Their paintings, photographs, and videos have been shown at Participant Inc, White Columns, Art in General, Baxter Street, Studio One Gallery, and many other venues in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. They are the coproducer of Trickster, a podcast about Castaneda.

Double Self portrait 1 42 x 36 UV Curable Ink on Mirrored Dibond 2020
Car Window 42 (JFK) 42 x 56 UV curable ink on Mirrored Dibond 2019
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  1. […] Robert(a) Marshall spoke to us from New York City in early August. Having just moved to Prospect Heights they say they are OK for the moment despite the world being a bit of a mess. For the last 15 years, Robert(a) has been working on a biography of Carlos Casteneda, a controversial figure. This ties into their own interest in what’s real and what’s not and our perceptions of things. Casteneda himself, among other things, started a cult that played with ideas of perception, claiming to have gleaned his own knowledge from a Yaqui Sorcerer. What his concepts really consisted of were reworkings of radical theories in anthropology and sociology that call into question all sorts of assumptions. One tenet that he held onto was that reality is an agreed-upon idea of the world. This, of course, ties in quite well to the culture of misinformation in which we find ourselves today. To hear more about Robert(a)’s research on Carlos Casteneda and more, listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] Robert(a) Marshall spoke to us from New York City in early August. Having just moved to Prospect Heights they say they are OK for the moment despite the world being a bit of a mess. For the last 15 years, Robert(a) has been working on a biography of Carlos Casteneda, a controversial figure. This ties into their own interest in what’s real and what’s not and our perceptions of things. Casteneda himself, among other things, started a cult that played with ideas of perception, claiming to have gleaned his own knowledge from a Yaqui Sorcerer. What his concepts really consisted of were reworkings of radical theories in anthropology and sociology that call into question all sorts of assumptions. One tenet that he held onto was that reality is an agreed-upon idea of the world. This, of course, ties in quite well to the culture of misinformation in which we find ourselves today. To hear more about Robert(a)’s research on Carlos Casteneda and more, listen to the complete interview. […]