writing diss, brb

so 3121 words yesterday. crazy shit. about 1000 was dropped in from previous versions of the diss. same needs to be done again today.

i have too much stuff, too much fieldwork and too much archival research.

i actually find writing late at night productive because i start to forget enough stuff that writing sensibly becomes possible.

i am meant to have another journal article due by end of month. eeek…

otherwise, things are awesome. post-romance paper is away and more kick arse than a break dancing robot. (it will be fun to see if the badiouists even notice it, let alone engage with a deleuzian rereading of badiou’s stuff. lol) i have been reading Althusser’s Philosophy of the Encounter and immediately realised i had basically reverse-engineerd my own version of a similar approach through Badiou and Deleuze’s respective works.

The way Althusser discusses the shifting coordinates of contingency in relation to the non-encounter that becomes an encounter as it ‘takes’ is very useful. Don’t forget Deleuze and Guattari were writing a universal history of contingency in Anti-Oedipus and A Thousadn Plateaus. The shift in the nature of contingencies of the non-encounter to an encounter captures some sense of what Deleuze meant when he talked about the eternal truth of singularities. (In my diss I just finished writing a section where I talk about the shift of an event from being a problem into a challenge. The happening of the event is distributed across the same material singularities, but the intensive differences that populate the incorporeal dimension of enthusiasm and cultural differences more generally are brought into sharp relief with the difference between an event being a problem or a challenge. To use Simondon’s terminology, which I don’t use in the diss, the movement between the two is an incorporeal transduction.)

writing diss, brb

8 replies on “writing diss, brb”

  1. At that rate you can write 21,000 words per week – what is the total amount needed to be written? Obviously, the hardest part is to know what to leave out or what to leave in, if you have so much research and field work. Does your supervisor/s assist with this? Keep at it – only about 46 more days to get the final copy ready. Clare had a very happy day for her 25th Birthday. She has gone to hear Claire H sing at a pub in Freo.

  2. I can actually do much more than 21,000 a week because other sections involve dropping in much more of the work i have already completed. These sections have been tricky as I have forced myself to include much more empirical evidence from my fieldwork and archival material.

  3. Thats good Glen – keep at it. Don’t forget Aud’s B’day on 25 June. If you cannot phone – at least email her. Two weeks and then hols!

  4. yep, i am feeling quite confident in a certain weird need-to-do-half-the-diss-yet but i-am-pretty-sure-i-can-do-it sort-of-way.

    it will probably be only four chapters now of 15,000 words and an introduction and conclusion. the chapter on ‘technology’ will be dropped and the empirical examples shifted to other chapter or to the introduction.

    this chapter will be done by tomorrow bed time. then two to go. one on the ‘scene’ which will actually involve chopping stuff out of two chapters in the previous version of the diss (the ‘street machine’ chapter and the ‘scene’ chapter) and reorganising it into a coherent argument. the final chapter on ‘media’ (and the ‘biopolitics’ of the media) will involve some actual new writing work but most of the argument has already been outlined in parts across a number of pieces of writing.

  5. I am pleased the writing is going OK. Try to cut back on the night book shop work for the next few weeks – envelopes with continue to arrive. A wet weekend in Perth is expected and the WC Eagles play at Subi on Sunday.

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