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February 22, 2006


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a book on Lenin that an editor has asked for is not a waste of time.

I'll preorder my copy.


It's crazy that this should be the first thing that comes to mind, but my mother, of blessed memory, used to say, "Keep the faith, baby!".


Jodi, please do not give up. Not to sound too sappy but I think of you as one of the rare insightful voices amongst the ruins of our political culture. Perhaps some time to rejuvenate the batteries is all you need?

Adam Roberts

Is the second para here linked to the first, or is that random juxtaposition? I mean, are you dispirited by the design of the Routledge cover? If so there are clices to be invoked about not judging a book by its cover. If not then I should probably shut up.


Looking forward to the Zizek book, and the Lenin project sounds very interesting. Why not take a break, though? It's been months since I had a big project on, and it's been rejuvenating.


Thanks, folks, for the comments.
Adam--I think the only link is between the two paragraphs involves ending a project and what happens next.
Lars--it may be that I need some rejuvenation time. This is the hardest thing for me to do. I hate not having an answer to 'so, what are you working on?' In some ways, were I to be at all diligent or properly semi-lacanian, I would need to accept this absence/lack. That's quite a scary task (this, incidentally, is one of the ways that I read Spurious...)


For a long time now, when people have asked me what I'm working on, I've said, 'nothing' - which is quite difficult to do! I never thought I'd be in the position of doing nothing in particular - I worked pretty solidly for 10 years and then - stopped.

Absence/ lack - yes this is an interesting thought. Doesn't Freud have a concept of *hypermnesis* - the 'too much' of memory? I wouldn't want to counterpose this to lack, but I find the 'too much' is what lay claim to my practice of writing since I stopped working on anything specific. Perhaps to work on nothing at all is like free association, out of which another kind of speech can issue.

My vote is for more 'boring stuff about me' material! But then I've always said that.

Marc Lombardo


Why not follow the trends of global capital and outsource some of your intellectual labor? For pennies on the dollar I'm sure you could find some brilliant yet to be discovered Eastern European intellectuals to exploit, who would be happy to publish under your name... remember, it's our responsibility to provide them with opportunities of economic growth and development now that the big tit of the USSR is gone.

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