Ever since I’ve written posts here on Open Culture, I’ve hosted and produced Notebook on Cities and Culture, a podcast dedicated to in-depth, long-form interviews with cultural creators, internationalists, and observers of the urban scene. In its three seasons so far, I’ve roamed cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver, Mexico City, Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka recording all of these conversations face to face with guests like writer of place Pico Iyer, Bookworm host Michael Silverblatt, MetaFilter founder Matt Haughey, film critic Karina Longworth, Los Angeles Review of Books editor Tom Lutz, graphic designer Clive Piercy, parking theorist Donald Shoup, conceptual artist Jonathon Keats, Slate podcast producer Andy Bowers, Japan specialist Roland Kelts, novelist Timothy Taylor, and monologist Josh Kornbluth.
For the next season, the show’s fourth and most ambitious, I’ll record full-length conversations with sixty more luminaries not just in Los Angeles, but in the London, Toronto, and Copenhagen as well. As with previous seasons, I launched a Kickstarter drive last week to fund it. As of this writing, it’s raised $5,138 of its $8,000 budget, but it only has sixteen hours. If we don’t raise the full amount by Monday, June 24th at noon Pacific time, the season won’t happen at all. If Notebook on Cities and Culture‘s fourth season strikes you as something you’d like to help make a reality, please do visit the show’s Kickstarter page. Thanks very much indeed!
Colin Marshall hosts and produces Notebook on Cities and Culture and writes essays on literature, film, cities, Asia, and aesthetics. He’s at work on a book about Los Angeles, A Los Angeles Primer. Follow him on Twitter at @colinmarshall.