Samuel Loncar is creating worlds made of words
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patrons

Thank you for visiting my Patreon page. So who am I, what am I up to on Patreon, and what can you expect? 

A Human
I believe there is a way of life we all want to walk: the way called human. But we don't know how - we struggle, fail, and even our best successes are colored with failure and sadness. So my life and work are summed up in one word: love - loving the path that can bring humans together, loving the fragility and beauty of life. That's why I am a philosopher, a lover of wisdom: wisdom is the art of living well, so if we love life, we love wisdom.

The mystery of human life is that we are do not have what we need - wisdom - to be ourselves, but if we walk the path of love, we may find it.  On that path, I've found my home as a teacher, scholar, writer, and editor. I am completing my Ph.D. at Yale and serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the Marginalia Review of Books, where I get to read and publish the world's smartest people on the most important subjects. You can learn more about me and my work at my website: www.samuelloncar.com.

On Patreon
Why am I on Patreon? For two reasons: One, because I believe in experimenting with new technology to build a better society. The internet is a great tool for democratizing value, but the economics surrounding the web do not compensate value-creators. Instead, they capture value and give it to a minority of businesses that are positioned to extract that value without paying for it. That's wrong, but it's hard to change. Patreon is trying to solve that problem by taking the chance to support artists directly to the people who appreciate their work; as a writer and editor, I love that. I truly believe most people would gladly pay to support work they enjoy.

Two, patronage is the past, present, and future of creative culture. Capitalism, for all its virtues, did not evolve to make art or truth financially viable. Artists and scholars have always struggled to make money.  Why? One reason is that art and scholarship make the future possible, but that makes them often seem dangerous, pointless, or worthless to those who fear change (that's all of us, at least sometimes). Artists and scholars build the future because they discover the truths and visions we haven't yet seen: they take the old world and make it new. It requires vision and faith to support the people doing that. We don't invest in businesses because they all succeed. In fact, almost all start-ups fail. We invest in them because business is a good idea and we believe they have a chance. The same is true at a deeper level about art and scholarship: not only are they good ideas, they create the ideas and visions that change the world. 

For the Love of Life
What can you expect by supporting me?
 
An Examined Life: Subscribe to my media ventures and get other updates, including upcoming events and projects, travel notes and sneak peaks, sent right to your inbox.

Essays: to cut through the noise and say something today that will still matter tomorrow - about elections, art, God, and everything in between: that's my goal in the monthly essays. Includes audio essays that come to patrons a week in advance of general release. 

Meditations: I share thoughts and ideas, modeled on contemplative traditions, in the hope that fresh things will grow in our moments of focused calm. We live in a loud world. This is a dose of quiet. 

Booknotes: I love reading, and I read widely. If you like book reviews, marginal notes, readers rants, and reflections on Harry Potter, hot cocoa, and snobbery, then you'll probably want to get these.

Sponsor: Your name wherever I can publicly acknowledge it, including in copies of my book. Special thanks to my current supporters at the sponsor level and above, Cole Bender and Lucas Del Priore!

Signed Copies: Free signed copies of my books, sent to your doorstep. Thank you, Michael Stearns! 

Friend of Philosophy: Friends of Philosophy receive a large discount on any of my classes or paid events, will be invited to an annual dinner party, and will receive a printed selection of my writings each year. They will also be listed first in all the places I list my supporters.

Building a Community of Love
I believe life is always a collaborative project, and I look forward to sharing my work with you and hearing your ideas and questions. In that spirit, consider supporting my friend and colleague, Alexandra Barylski, and if you're interested in poetry, religion, and philosophy, look for our workshops and other shared projects. 

Thank you for your support!   And a special thanks to my supporters at the Signed Copy and Sponsor Levels: Michael Stearns, Cole Bender, and Brad Holden.


Tiers
An Examined Life
$1 or more per month
Subscribe to my media ventures and get other updates, including upcoming events and projects, travel notes and sneak peaks, sent right to your inbox. 
The Essay
$3 or more per month
To cut through the noise and say something today that will still matter tomorrow - about elections, art, God, and everything in between: that's my goal of the monthly essays.
Meditations
$5 or more per month
I share thoughts and ideas, modeled on contemplative traditions, in the hope that fresh things will grow in our moments of focused calm. We live in a loud world. This is a dose of quiet.
Book Notes
$10 or more per month
I love reading, and I read widely. If you like book reviews, marginal notes, readers rants, and reflections on Harry Potter, hot cocoa, and snobbery, then you'll probably want to get these. (This tier includes thoughts on film and art, too)
Sponsor
$25 or more per month
I will list your name as a sponsor on my podcast, in my books, and, with your permission, on my Patreon page. 
Signed Copies
$50 or more per month
In addition to your your name listed on my Patreon, podcast, and printed in my books, you will receive a free signed copy of all of my books. 
Friend of Philosophy
$100 or more per month
Friends of Philosophy receive a large discount on any of my classes or paid events, will be invited to an annual dinner party, and will receive a printed selection of my writings each year. They will also be listed first in all the places I list my supporters. 
Thank you for visiting my Patreon page. So who am I, what am I up to on Patreon, and what can you expect? 

A Human
I believe there is a way of life we all want to walk: the way called human. But we don't know how - we struggle, fail, and even our best successes are colored with failure and sadness. So my life and work are summed up in one word: love - loving the path that can bring humans together, loving the fragility and beauty of life. That's why I am a philosopher, a lover of wisdom: wisdom is the art of living well, so if we love life, we love wisdom.

The mystery of human life is that we are do not have what we need - wisdom - to be ourselves, but if we walk the path of love, we may find it.  On that path, I've found my home as a teacher, scholar, writer, and editor. I am completing my Ph.D. at Yale and serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the Marginalia Review of Books, where I get to read and publish the world's smartest people on the most important subjects. You can learn more about me and my work at my website: www.samuelloncar.com.

On Patreon
Why am I on Patreon? For two reasons: One, because I believe in experimenting with new technology to build a better society. The internet is a great tool for democratizing value, but the economics surrounding the web do not compensate value-creators. Instead, they capture value and give it to a minority of businesses that are positioned to extract that value without paying for it. That's wrong, but it's hard to change. Patreon is trying to solve that problem by taking the chance to support artists directly to the people who appreciate their work; as a writer and editor, I love that. I truly believe most people would gladly pay to support work they enjoy.

Two, patronage is the past, present, and future of creative culture. Capitalism, for all its virtues, did not evolve to make art or truth financially viable. Artists and scholars have always struggled to make money.  Why? One reason is that art and scholarship make the future possible, but that makes them often seem dangerous, pointless, or worthless to those who fear change (that's all of us, at least sometimes). Artists and scholars build the future because they discover the truths and visions we haven't yet seen: they take the old world and make it new. It requires vision and faith to support the people doing that. We don't invest in businesses because they all succeed. In fact, almost all start-ups fail. We invest in them because business is a good idea and we believe they have a chance. The same is true at a deeper level about art and scholarship: not only are they good ideas, they create the ideas and visions that change the world. 

For the Love of Life
What can you expect by supporting me?
 
An Examined Life: Subscribe to my media ventures and get other updates, including upcoming events and projects, travel notes and sneak peaks, sent right to your inbox.

Essays: to cut through the noise and say something today that will still matter tomorrow - about elections, art, God, and everything in between: that's my goal in the monthly essays. Includes audio essays that come to patrons a week in advance of general release. 

Meditations: I share thoughts and ideas, modeled on contemplative traditions, in the hope that fresh things will grow in our moments of focused calm. We live in a loud world. This is a dose of quiet. 

Booknotes: I love reading, and I read widely. If you like book reviews, marginal notes, readers rants, and reflections on Harry Potter, hot cocoa, and snobbery, then you'll probably want to get these.

Sponsor: Your name wherever I can publicly acknowledge it, including in copies of my book. Special thanks to my current supporters at the sponsor level and above, Cole Bender and Lucas Del Priore!

Signed Copies: Free signed copies of my books, sent to your doorstep. Thank you, Michael Stearns! 

Friend of Philosophy: Friends of Philosophy receive a large discount on any of my classes or paid events, will be invited to an annual dinner party, and will receive a printed selection of my writings each year. They will also be listed first in all the places I list my supporters.

Building a Community of Love
I believe life is always a collaborative project, and I look forward to sharing my work with you and hearing your ideas and questions. In that spirit, consider supporting my friend and colleague, Alexandra Barylski, and if you're interested in poetry, religion, and philosophy, look for our workshops and other shared projects. 

Thank you for your support!   And a special thanks to my supporters at the Signed Copy and Sponsor Levels: Michael Stearns, Cole Bender, and Brad Holden.


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Tiers
An Examined Life
$1 or more per month
Subscribe to my media ventures and get other updates, including upcoming events and projects, travel notes and sneak peaks, sent right to your inbox. 
The Essay
$3 or more per month
To cut through the noise and say something today that will still matter tomorrow - about elections, art, God, and everything in between: that's my goal of the monthly essays.
Meditations
$5 or more per month
I share thoughts and ideas, modeled on contemplative traditions, in the hope that fresh things will grow in our moments of focused calm. We live in a loud world. This is a dose of quiet.
Book Notes
$10 or more per month
I love reading, and I read widely. If you like book reviews, marginal notes, readers rants, and reflections on Harry Potter, hot cocoa, and snobbery, then you'll probably want to get these. (This tier includes thoughts on film and art, too)
Sponsor
$25 or more per month
I will list your name as a sponsor on my podcast, in my books, and, with your permission, on my Patreon page. 
Signed Copies
$50 or more per month
In addition to your your name listed on my Patreon, podcast, and printed in my books, you will receive a free signed copy of all of my books. 
Friend of Philosophy
$100 or more per month
Friends of Philosophy receive a large discount on any of my classes or paid events, will be invited to an annual dinner party, and will receive a printed selection of my writings each year. They will also be listed first in all the places I list my supporters.