many thanks for all your good wishes on my new post here at Swansea and, perhaps more importantly, what this means for Sam and me: the limbo, or at least this current version thereof, is coming to an end. we are searching for something to worry and complain about to replace the huge void left in our lives by this good news. suggestions welcome. we are also welcoming thoughts on how one even deals with good news at all. we are well beyond our comfort zone on this one.
if everything is narrative, then one might be able to relate this story. but it involves job searches and names and dates and it's somewhat unfair and awkward to delineate the narrative without the permission of all involved. plus, narrative is often about events already past (for the argument contra this, see: Derrida's ghost stuff, Macbeth, Sam's Derrida-Macbeth chapter in his book, eternal return discussion, temporality not being linear etc. but whatever.) and we would like to at least move into the next Hegelian cycle of thesis-antithesis-blah blah. (not a big Hegel fan, can you tell?)
in terms of transformations, in addition to the moving-toward-settled one mentioned above, I'm excited about the moving-toward-politics one, which entails constituting what I'd like to be as an intellectual. so that's very exciting. I no longer have to convince folks I'm an art historian by talking about style and paint strokes and artists (thank god) and I can now talk about the covers of magazines, politicians' clothing, socialism in Bollywood films, and how images of Kali also resonate as images of militant nationalism prior to India's independence. so much fun! in fact, I don't have to convince anyone anything about myself. very freeing.
expect the continuation of incoherent babbling on second americano, since we all know that some things never change, regardless of how you consider narrative, the.