Apparently, an interview (with a Japanese scholar, Watanabe, also the name of some famous mag wheels!!) where Foucault talks about being a (Nietzschean) thinker of the event in terms of theatre has not been translated into English. It has been translated into Spanish and I have been communicating with a fellow from Mexico on the Foucualt email list about it. Apprently Foucault talks about the event in terms of ‘scenes’!!!! I need to somehow get this article (#234 of the dits er e’crits), it is entitled “La scÃ¨ne de la philosophie” (1978) DE III pp 571-595. It does not really surprise me that such an apparently crucial interview where Foucault talks about the ‘event’ has not been translated into English as most of the work of self-identifying Foucault scholars that I have read doesn’t talk about the ‘event’ at all.
Diss: over 41,000 words done.
I have just finished writing a tricky bit where I introduce the connections between Foucault’s eventalization, Latour’s ANT fieldwork, and Deleuze’s conception of the event, and if this works it will feel like a bloody miracle. It is constructed across my reading of about a dozen key texts and two dozen others. My arguments are initially constructed like how race car engineers build top fuel dragsters. They are forever on the edge of letting go. Top fuelers and nitro funny cars are adventures of calculated destruction. How much explosion can I get away with? But they only have to ‘win’. Scholars don’t really win or lose and they are meant to build the equivalent of Volvo arguments: “They’re boxy but they’re good.” I’ve got nothing against Volvo-arguments. (Except I’d call them Ovlovs, because that is what they are called in Street Machine.) Can you have a nitro funny car Ovlov? The Swedes probably do. The arguments will become less ‘grenade’ and more ‘sound’ the more I rewrite them, of this I am confident.
EDIT: 2am update. Over 42,000. I am killing this shit!!! Absolute murder. (I’m sorry, did I take Massumi to heart when he wrote about resuscitating the philosophical underpinnings of Foucault’s Archeology of Knowledge?)
Having an iPod dance every 20 minutes (or every paragraph of written text, whichever comes first) is extremely important at this time of the day (or morning or night, or night-morning, but watch that cause it sounds like a Russian scifi-vampire flick). iPods are teh awesomest for listening to loud music loud at condensed 2am moments of insane will-to-phd. Yeah, and then dancing… s-l-o-w… a-nd-jer-ky…andfast…and…aw–ay…and…
KKD mofos mofos!