Here it comes — the end of the Kickstarter fund drive for Notebook on Cities and Culture‘s second season. As of this writing, we’ve raised $2886 from 41 backers with 28 hours to go. (For comparison’s sake, the first season ended its drive with $3000 from 46 backers.) Of course, if we don’t reach $3000 by August 1st, you all get to keep your money and spend it on other neat stuff. Collectibles and whatnot. Food. Shelter. But if we do, then I’ll fire up the new season as soon as possible, which will feature not only more conversations with the most fascinating cultural creators, internationalists, and observers of the urban scene I can find in Los Angeles, but in San Francisco and Portland as well.
The remaining day also brings your last chance to sponsor an episode of the show or its entire coming season, meaning that you’ll get your own project or message announced at the top of one or every interview. A $75 pledge gets you one episode, and a $400 pledge gets you all of ‘em. (The $1000 pledge option, which would have made you a guest on the show, got snapped up almost immediately.) For every $200 over the goal we raise, I’ll add another episode onto the season’s scheduled 24. Would it amuse you to force me to keep season two running for a solid year? Fifteen grand ought to do it.
But please, don’t take my word for it. Why not read blog posts from a couple nice young men who can break it down for you? Erik G. writes that, in Notebook on Cities and Culture‘s conversations, “a lot of ground is covered in a way that other interviewers can’t hope to manage on a broadcast interview show,” and that “this is a show that could only be done in podcast form (despite the high level of polish and production).” He concedes that “that 25 dollars might be a lot to ask, but any amount of money donated will be to an independent voice with a unique perspective that enriches my life and many, many others.”
Timothy Nunan calls the show “exactly the kind of intellectual and sophisticated but still eminently accessible conversation about books and contemporary culture that I had been looking for for a long time,” adding that, “in an age when, bizarrely, cultural critics see in nepotistically-cast, New York-centric, navel-gazing television shows the great message for American women” — his links, by the way — “Marshall is a refreshing voice: outward looking, not the scion of Society, and based in Los Angeles, a city whose many charms once escaped me but Marshall helps to rediscover.” Sound like something worth continuing to you? If so, let’s take it to the finish line and then rack up some bonus rounds.