“Notebook on Cities and Culture,” a Worldwide In-Depth Interview Podcast, Kickstarting Now


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 IyerBook­worm 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.

ncclogoFor 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 Ange­lesA Los Ange­les Primer. Fol­low him on Twit­ter at @colinmarshall.

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