Thursday, March 21, 2013

Notebook on Cities and Culture: an excellent podcast

I have become such a devoted fan of Colin Marshall's podcast, Notebook on Cities and Culture. Marshall talks to all kinds of people with all kinds of backgrounds: writers, editors, movie makers, translators, journalists, artists. From talking about contemporary fiction and publishing with Scott Esposito of The Quarterly Conversation to discussing Robert Walser, Yoko Tawada and the German language with translator Susan Bernofsky, every one of the podcast episodes is of interest.

Based in Los Angeles, Marshall isn't limited geographically and often has conversations with guests in or from Japan or Mexico or Europe.

In this culture of short sound bites and shallow "conversations" that pass as in-depth, it's refreshing to hear an hour-long conversation that really delves into the core issues surrounding art and culture.

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