A selection of Marina's published articles

These articles have been published in the Economist, Standpoint Magazine, Financial Times, MoneyWeek, the Times Literary Supplement, New York Observer and more

Times Literary Supplement: Big flat lies

In Newton’s Apple and Other Myths about Science, twenty-eight academics refute some of the most pervasive myths about science. Isaac Newton discovered gravity, when he sat in the orchard and … Continue reading

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The Economist’s 1843: The malleability of our minds

A new show about consciousness takes a terrifying look at how scientists, philosophers and artists deal with “the hard problem” In the 17th century, Descartes famously argued that the body … Continue reading

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Times Literary Supplement: Whose London is it anyway?

Tucked away between office buildings by Euston station is where I found the Camden People’s Theatre. It’s a little place with colourful bunting, a cheerful selection of chairs and flowery … Continue reading

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Financial Times: How to create a golden age

What makes a genius? Since at least the 19th century, some have said it is down to genetics, while others have argued that upbringing is decisive. More recently, the idea … Continue reading

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Money Observer: Hands Off My Cappuccino

A certain piece of advice has been circulating in personal finance discussions like a pesky fly. Now that it has landed on Tube posters, it is safe to call it … Continue reading

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Standpoint Magazine: The Story Of The Short Story

When short stories were still widely published in magazines, they had the capacity to react to unfolding events, writes Philip Hensher, the novelist and critic who edited these two volumes. … Continue reading

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Standpoint Magazine: Further Adventures

One summer afternoon in 1862, the mathematician Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) took the daughters of his dean at Christ Church, Oxford, on a boat trip down the Thames. He entertained … Continue reading

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Money Observer: What fund managers can learn from cartoon villains

There is a lot we can learn from what pop culture tells the youngest members of our society. Take the cartoon character Mr Krabs, who is the owner of the … Continue reading

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Money Observer: Is it time to invest in biotech?

Drug prices pose an ethical dilemma. On the one hand, treatments should be affordable to those who need them, but on the other, companies will have to finance many failed … Continue reading

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Financial Times: ‘All You Can Lose is Your Heart’ by KayLynn Deveney

The photographs of storybook homes are a fleeting vision of an American dream that aspired to a ranch of one’s own   “Storybook ranch houses”, built in the 1950s and … Continue reading

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Times Literary Supplement: Does philosophy have to be obscure?

I recently went to a public lecture at LSE hosted by the Forum for European Philosophy. The discussion was entitled “Does philosophy have to be obscure?” It struck me as … Continue reading

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Standpoint Magazine: Found In Translation

Guy de Maupassant is considered the greatest short story writer in French literature. He is often said to have defined the modern short story and influenced the likes of Chekhov, … Continue reading

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MoneyWeek: Lithium use set to soar

Lithium plays a growing role in the global economy: it’s a crucial component in the batteries of our phones, gadgets and electric cars. Argentina, Bolivia and Chile hold about 70% … Continue reading

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MoneyWeek: Japan’s lesson in “people’s QE” for Jeremy Corbyn

The idea of “people’s QE” has reignited interest in radical monetary policy. Marina Gerner looks at the lessons from Japan’s version of people’s QE – the voucher schemes of the … Continue reading

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MoneyWeek: Scandal at Volkswagen

Volkswagen’s shares tumbled by around a third following revelations by the US Environmental Protection Agency that the German car giant cheated on emissions tests in America. The company’s diesel cars … Continue reading

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MoneyWeek: Britain snuggles up to China

British Chancellor George Osborne is on a five-day trade mission to China, in the hope of turning the UK into China’s second-biggest trading partner by 2025. The US is currently … Continue reading

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Times Literary Supplement: Where there is no why

Like the tales told to Dante by the souls he meets in The Divine Comedy, literature provides us with mirrors to discover our own secret features, Alberto Manguel argues. The … Continue reading

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Standpoint Magazine: Israel’s Impish Ice-Breaker

The first time I came across the Israeli short-story writer Etgar Keret was through a comment he made about Franz Kafka. When Kafka died in 1924, he left his diaries, … Continue reading

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Times Literary Supplement: No strings attached

 In Heinrich von Kleist’s essay The Puppet Theatre, published in 1810, the character Mr C wanders through a public park, where he meets the recently appointed first dancer of the … Continue reading

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Times Literary Supplement: Engage neutral

In his previous book, The Shallows, Nicholas Carr argued that the Internet diminishes our power to concentrate and contemplate. Now he turns his eye to automation: “If you want to … Continue reading

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Standpoint Magazine: Underrated – Jackie Mason

He may be America’s greatest living comedian, but if you relied on British television you might never have heard of Jackie Mason. In this country, he must be the most … Continue reading

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The Economist’s Intelligent Life Magazine: Saul Bellow’s Introspection

Notes on a Voice: Marina Gerner pins down the work of a Nobel prize-winning novelist who revealed the inside through the outside “All I had to do was be there … Continue reading

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Times Literary Supplement: How to be an intellectual

“Journalism and scholarship usually inhabit different planets”, Jeffrey J. Williams writes. Journalists and academics have different gods and languages. While journalists favour speed, paying homage to Hermes, scholars look to … Continue reading

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Standpoint Magazine: Wired But Not Secured

In a Simpsons episode entitled “Specs and the City”, the evil owner of Springfield’s nuclear power plant Mr Burns has a surprise for his employees. He presents them with a pair of … Continue reading

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Standpoint Magazine: The Medium Isn’t Always the Message

  “We have just seen the civilised world gathered as one family around a common sick bed, hope and fear alternately fluctuating in unison the world over as hopeful or … Continue reading

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Times Literary Supplement: Book Review of Simon Blackburn’s “Mirror Mirror”

Simon Blackburn credits L’Oréal’s slogan, “because you’re worth it”, as a source of outrage and inspiration for Mirror, Mirror: The uses and abuses of self-love. Drawing on the myth on Narcissus, … Continue reading

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Media & Policy Project: In Apps We Trust?

Wading through a sea of data in Ofcom’s Adults’ Media Use and Attitudes 2014 Report, I stumbled across some surprising findings on apps. This year is the first time apps were covered … Continue reading

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Standpoint Magazine: Beards need not apply

Women who engage in public speaking are seen as “freakish androgynes”, argued classics professor Mary Beard in her recent London Review of Books speech at the British Library. Throughout the centuries … Continue reading

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Times Literary Supplement: Book Review of Martha Nussbaum’s “Political Emotions”

“The public culture needs to be nourished and sustained by something that lies deep in the human heart and taps its most powerful sentiments, including both passion and humor”, Martha … Continue reading

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First Things Magazine: Taking Art Off the Street – Museums are giving street art a home, but at what cost?

“Street art—you mean vandalism? No, thank you.” That was the response of a friend when I invited him to join me at the Museum of the City of New York … Continue reading

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Philosophy Now Magazine: What did Mary know?

Imagine a girl called Mary. She is a brilliant neuroscientist and a world expert on colour vision. But because she grew up entirely in a black and white room, she … Continue reading

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Standpoint Magazine: Phoney Freedom

When telephones were still a rare possession, the French artist Jean-Louis Forain decided to install a telephone in his town house. Wanting to surprise his good friend Edgar Degas with … Continue reading

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The Economist’s Intelligent Life Magazine: The CEO and the Not-So-Smart-Quote

Sometimes a chief executive must hope that an unwise quote from a while back would just curl up and die. Seven years ago, Mike Jeffries, the CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch, … Continue reading

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The Economist’s Intelligent Life Magazine: The Latest Beauty Product: Concern

On Sunday, the cosmetics company Dove released a three-minute video on YouTube called “Dove Real Beauty Sketches”. By Friday it had nearly 9m views. The video features a former forensic artist from the … Continue reading

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The Economist’s Intelligent Life Magazine: A Women’s Library? No, Thanks

There has been a “Women’s Library” in London since 1926, but this May it moves from its own premises in Aldgate to the fourth floor of the London School of … Continue reading

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Media & Policy Project: Theatre Review of “Enquirer” at the Barbican

“The motive of all journalists is very similar: all we want is for people to pick up the newspaper in the morning and choke on their marmalade,” explains one of … Continue reading

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New York Observer: Interviews on student loan debt

Marina Gerner spoke with Thomas Blum, Vice President of Administration at Sarah Lawrence College and Roseanne Ackerley, Director of Financial Aid at Hebrew Union College, about the financial woes of students today and … Continue reading

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The Beaver: Michael Sandel the public philosopher

The first thought that popped into my head when Michael Sandel walked onto the stage to deliver his lecture at the LSE was that he looks nothing like Mr Burns! … Continue reading

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Money Observer: Why nobody wants to trigger Article 50

If the UK does formally leave the EU it will have to renegotiate hundreds of trade agreements. But the UK parliament ‘does not currently have the capacity to cope with … Continue reading

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Money Observer: Pension dashboard – international lessons learnt

Australia, Sweden and the Netherlands have pension dashboards, where savers can see all their pensions in one place, while British savers risk being left in the ‘slow lane’ unless the … Continue reading

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Money Observer: What other savings events should qualify for the new Lifetime Isa?

TISA, the financial services membership association, is calling for industry professionals and the general public to have their say on which additional lifetime events should be included in the Lifetime … Continue reading

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Money Observer: How do women invest?

Judging by the increasing amount of gender-specific investor research, the financial services industry has woken up to the realisation that there is an investment gap between men and women. About … Continue reading

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Money Observer: Pension tax changes are likely to inflame intergenerational tension

An inquiry into intergenerational fairness, conducted by the Department for Work and Pensions, found that those who are working today can expect retirement savings that are up to a third … Continue reading

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Money Observer: Pensions policy unfairly skewed towards baby boomers, says former minister

On 2 March 2016 the Work and Pensions Committee took evidence from two former ministers and experts in the ‘intergenerational fairness’ debate, David Willetts and Steve Webb. The session was … Continue reading

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In a crowded London shop
An open book and empty cup 

On the marble table-top.
While on the shop and street I gazed

My body of a sudden blazed;
And twenty minutes more or less It seemed, so great my happiness,

That I was blessed and could bless.

- Yeats

Always to shine,
to shine everywhere,
to the very deeps of the last days,
to shine—
and to hell with everything else!
That is my motto—
and the sun’s!

- Mayakovsky

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