Thank You

Dear Supporters and Loyal Readers,

AbbasAndRobinWhen I went to sleep last night, we were $1,235.04 away from our goal of raising $25,000. I awakened this morning to find that a single donor had sent in that exact amount! So, we are done. And we finished with a bang!

On behalf of everyone at 3QD, I would like to convey our deepest gratitude to all of you who have supported us over the years, and of course, especially to those who gave money during this fundraising drive! Due to the overwhelming desire of the donors to remain anonymous, I will not be thanking you by name here, but you know who you are. It is extremely gratifying and moving to us that the first time we asked our readers for help, they came through beautifully. There were a total of 490 donors and the individual amounts you sent us ranged from $1 to $3,000. The average donation was thus $51.10! This speaks very highly of the generosity of our audience, though by no means do I wish to suggest that we are not appreciative of the many smaller donations we received. We have been very touched by each of your gifts.

The Pakistani novelist Mohsin Hamid (an old supporter of our site) just wrote to me excitedly and among other things this is what he suggested as a self-effacing new tag line: “3QD: funded by contributions from the fucking smartest, most interesting people on the planet!” Indeed. I couldn't have put it better. 🙂

I will get the plans for improvements to the site rolling now, and I will report progress as it happens. Meanwhile, we will continue to do what we do: spend our time finding the best stuff on the web so you don't have to! Once again, thank you.



P.S. Not to toot our own horn too much, but here are some of the appreciative comments I received along with the donations:

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you.
  • I wish I had more to contribute, I have found more interesting engrossing links here than anywhere else.
  • Love 3QD and check the site often. It has that perfect blend of art, politics, culture, and science that hits the right spot intellectually. I will be in India for 4 months in 2012 continuing the field work and museum work that was the focus of the one piece I contributed to 3QD (“Greater India before the Himalayas”). I will contact you if something 3QD-worthy emerges from the work.
  • Dear Abbas, Glad to support your site and I enjoy it from time to time. Love.
  • Thanks for the great site! I check it nearly everyday and am never disappointed.
  • I've loved this site for years. Keep up the good work!
  • Keep this great website going! I look forward everyday to checking what new contributions there are on 3 Quarks.
  • Magnificent sunglasses, capo — where did you get them? Contributing minds want to know.
  • My grateful thanks (and congratulations!) for one of the most indispensable sites of ideas on the web.
  • Greetings from The Berlin Review of Books
  • keep up the amazing work all!
  • Dear Abbas: It is a joy to support the best site on the Web. Love and thanks to you.
  • Sorry it took me so long I couldn't find my card!! Thanks so much!
  • Give 'em hell, folks. And help as many people as you can.
  • Great site. Thanks for the work.
  • All the best with this. Looking forward to the new 3QD.
  • Love your work on 3Q. I am also a philosopher and an inveterate generalist. I have to resist spending all my free time on your site, and I am trying to spread the word to my buddies. By the way, one friend is in Tunisia right now. If he puts his reactions together, I will encourage him to send them to you. Thanks again.
  • I hope my modest contribution will help in maintaining the site and the eclectic choice of the articles. Continue the good work.
  • Great site and I check it every day.
  • Thanks for the great site. I love it. Interesting POV.
  • Love your work 3quarks.
  • Wish it could be more… your site!
  • I'm more than happy to chip in. 3QD is easily more responsible for driving my self-education than any other site. May it continue to thrive.
  • My wife and I love your site and are very pleased to make our small contribution to its continuation. Thanks for all the work you do.
  • Thank you for maintaining such a fantastic site!! Keep up the good work!
  • You do great work. thanks.
  • Thank you folks, I wish I could give more. 3 Quarks Daily is indispensable to me!
  • Abbas, I am happy to contribute to your most worthy campaign. 3 Quarks is a cause for appreciation, inspiration, admiration and deliberation. Carry on always.
  • More than happy to chip-in. Hope you make your target.
  • My little contribution to 3QD. Keep up the good work guys! It is my daily breakfast!
  • My pleasure to be able to contribute humbly here. Keep up this excellent blog!
  • Thanks so much for all the content, over the years. Hope you reach your goal.
  • I am a professor of molecular biology and largely a 'liberal secular humanist'; oddly, I suppose (from a certain perspective), I am also a devout Catholic. (I often tell my friends that to be a member of the institutional Church is not unlike being a citizen of the US: I have a lot of disagreements with the very human institutions of local and federal government; but also I love my country.) I am a daily visitor at your site, and often find an interesting nugget to print out and read later. Might I suggest you broaden your horison a bit and check out publications like Commonweal or America (Jesit mag) for interesting tidbits now and then? I find good things there too; as always and everywhere, one must sort through chaff to find wheat…
  • This is making me feel guilty I should pay some to my local public radio station soon.
  • I have been wondering for years now how you were able to maintain 'my preferred blog'. So, I contribute $69, the same amount of money I spend annually on 'my preferred online subscription' which is the New York Review of Books. Hold on & take care.
  • Hi Abbas. Thanks for keeping 3QuarksDaily alive! Here is my contribution to the cause… Keep up the great work! Cheers.
  • Keep up the good work man
  • thanks for everything!
  • Happy to help – and thanks for your work. Minor, but I would prefer not to patronize PayPal. Thanks.
  • 3Quarks connects me to worlds I've never known or forgotten. Thank you for you generous efforts!
  • Abbas: As you rightly said, we have all been hit hard by global economic problems. My contribution is not as large as I would like it to be, but in any case, the shore is made up of tiny grains of sand just like this one. Warm greetings 🙂
  • Great work Abbas, Robin, Morgan and team! Please keep it up.
  • Keep up the brilliant work!
  • Keep up the great work! You've seriously slowed down the slough of my poor brain cells.
  • I need my daily 3 Quarks Daily. May you continue indefinitely!
  • Your blog is phenomenal. It has introduced me to many new writers and ways of thought! $10.00 is not enough, but it is the best this graduate student can do! Cheers.
  • Thanks for everything. Please keep up the great work! 🙂 Wish i could give more.
  • Good work, guys! BTW, you should think about doing a Kickstarter or Indiegogo crowdfunding project some time, I'm sure your readers would love to contribute in other ways towards a book or a magazine or similar. I've done it a few times previously, with some success. Happy to chat if you're interested.
  • It's not much, but I just found out about your site via Zite and briefly looked over it. Looks good and I'd like to encourage you. A lot like BrainPickings… See things I'd never find on my own…
  • Just my 500 cents.
  • Thanks for all your intelligent and fascinating compilation of everything that's interesting, cutting-edge and thought-provoking. Wish my contribution was more- but grad school is costly, even at 60. Keep up the great contributions to intelligent journalism in the most interesting subjects.
  • 3 Quarks Daily and Arts and Letters Daily are essential checkpoints for me now. Thanks for being there.
  • Hi Guys I'm sorry thats all I can afford at the moment. I hope that helps. Cheers.
  • All the best for you from Germany. Only a drop on the hot stone, but I hope it will help.
  • Good luck with this, Abbas