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Anxious gatekeeping

Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Bad Brain

I never have a "bad brain day" when I manage to actually sit down to my work. I realize that days when I don't write are not only inevitable but necessary, but I don't really like them, except for what they teach me: that without producing scholarship I gradually become stupider and less myself. My chosen field of study emphasizes rich inner experiences, the kind that only happen when the subject engages deeply and intelligently with other rich subjectivities. It is almost impossible to have a bad day for one's brain while doing this.

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