Here's an unanticipated (by me) phenomenon: my writer's block has carried over to the blog. I've been trying to find the right line to take for the introduction to the book - the last new material that I need to draft before going into full-scale editing mode, up and until Routledge's deadline in January. It's not that I have nothing to say in the introduction - and therefore this entry is probably mistitled; my problem is never blockage but an inability to control the flow. Rather, I have about 19 things to say and I should really only say 2 or 3 of them. At any rate, I've found myself so frustrated in my writing for the book that when it occurs to me to blog I get a similar wave of naseau as the one I've been feeling every morning and so I move on to something else. As an upshot, this means I get a lot of reading done.
So...if you picked up a book titled, Troubling Politics: The Political Theory of Judith Butler (I know, that's a huge if but this is a blog and I'm entitled to my hypotheticals), what would you want to read in the introduction? Should it start with contemporary politics or with Butler? (The former seems almost random, while the latter sounds boring in a typically academic way.) Should it try to make the case for the general thesis implied in the subtitle, or should it simply direct you to the 7 substantive chapters of the book wherein that case will be made through specific interventions and arguments? (The latter looks like a copout, but the former proves impossible since that thesis is too general.)
Hmm...perhaps if I reallly wanted to reduce the readership of this blog from its current high watermark of half a dozen folks down to zero, I could just do an entry each day of the week that takes up a different prospective intro line. (Don't worry, I wouldn't.)
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