• Greg Whitaker
  • Murder by Death, ready to meet you along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Editors’ note: This post was expanded and reformatted for the September 6, 2012, issue of the Reader. The following is the amended version as it appears in the print issue.

I’m pretty wary of Kickstarter. For every outlandish but fascinating tech campaign—the Bonobo Chat app, for instance, would’ve allowed translated communication with bonobos via lexigram, so that you could be shooting the breeze with great apes from a specialized Internet-connected keyboard right now—there are dozens of modest Kickstarters that ultimately add up to little more than the shuffling and reshuffling of money among friends and acquaintances, never bringing in any significant resources from outside the group.