As per the reading page, I’ve recently finished Change me : stories of sexual transformation from Ovid by Jane Alison, which was very fun, and I’m thinking I’ll start The Ministry of Pain by Dubravka Ugrešić next. There’s other things that probably should have priority in my queue, but I’m starting how I can start.
The Deleuze book (The Logic of Sensation) is slowly growing on me; it really gets going around the "Hysteria" chapter and I was more or less sold — tentatively — by "Painting and Forces." Coming from a pretty Analytic background (in terms of philosophical schools), Deleuze’s slipperiness with terms along with his somewhat gestural arguments are still kind of hard for me, but I’m getting there. It’s better if I think of it more like a lyric essay than philosophy, or something like that ("lyric essay" isn’t right.) We spent a majority of the last meeting of Foucault Club (named for the author of the book we started with) actually looking at some Bacon paintings and it was fun to put on my very dusty and neglected art history hat again.
In other news, the end of the busy season at work is almost upon us. I’ve still got two books to get out by the end of the year, but they’re both in pretty good shape. I’m trying to figure out how to be a writer again, which is slow-going. I suppose I am writing but it all feels kind of garbagey and I don’t feel particularly connected to any community, which is a shame. It’s the time of year, partly. Back in the Before Times the group attending the bar on Tuesdays after workshop or work dwindled considerably, and the same has proven true for the COVID Times equivalent (i.e., Google Meet, because I’m too cheap for Zoom). Still, carving out the time.
Oh, it does look like the interview I did with David Leo Rice will indeed appear somewhere. More on that soon(ish). Probably closer to when the book is officially released in the middle of January. Very exciting, nevertheless.