Death, by Janine Johnston
(a long-time friend)
This blog will take shape as it goes and what it’s about will be the shape that it takes, which will continuously change. Specifically this blog is not about self-realization, though I’m sure it will act like it rather convincingly at times. Upon inception it is, however, concerned with the sometimes totalizing pressure of the utopian impulse that contributes to the doctrine of self-realization, and it hopes to poke lots of fun at the issue and maybe venture a comment or two.
(Updated November 2011)
The blog is opening up to more free writing expression, though I remain concerned and enamored with all things utopia. Posts bounce around between responses to various academic, creative, and personal/political stimuli, and may drift on and off topic, but the main pulse is the inquiry into how to get along in the world while still paying attention to the strange marriage between apocalyptic and utopic desire. I hope with some luck stuff here will reflect that.
Comments are welcome and will be moderated with an eye to decentralized governance, revolutionary responsibility, and creative definitions of terms.
(Updated September 2012)
The About and Library pages need to be updated again to reflect the way the blog has changed–not sure when I will get around to the Library. There are a lot of books.
The blog is sometimes becoming more personal, and less academia-oriented. But I do not plan to remove/end it, change the name, or change the focus from utopia.
If you want to read about utopia, Capi Blanchet and The Curve of Time, phenomenological encounters, utopian space, back-to-the-land, or counterculture-related stuff, then use the search function for now. And please let me know in your comments what you would want to read more about. In the meantime, I am thinking of ways to map the blog to make what I think is worth reading more accessible.
I have a couple of projects that I will follow here as I get to a regular writing schedule this September. One is the transcription of my late father-in-law’s journals, toward a project about his story. Another is a project (because I am not sure yet what else to call it) about etymological activism, which is one of the core ideas emerging from my personal enquiry into utopia. Clarifying those projects will shape the blog a bit more.
I also have an idea for a graphic novel, based on a short story I wrote a long time ago (I either need to find a dedicated artist or two, or draw and paint it myself). And I will keep you posted about more academia . . .
Comments are welcome. You can also contact me at email@example.com.
Thank you for exploring the blog.
“strange marriage between apocalyptic and utopic desire”…wow…you hit the nail on the head there…it is a very strange relationship…while I long for a utopian vision…i doubt it will ever occur…so I then wish for the city sized space rock to take care of the problems for us. I will enjoy looking through this blog. Where is that reading list you mentioned regarding Utopia?
I have added a Library page, which I will continue to build. Are there any particular avenues you are interested in exploring? Fiction, theory, history, treatises, New Age, . . . ? Let me know! I would love to investigate further.
And by the way, your utopian explorations are wonderful, wonderful. Depressing sometimes as it is to search for this elusive and, in all likelihood, really unfindable place or state of being, it is also an exercise in emotional and psychological generosity, and well worth it, I believe. Your whole blog, by the way, expresses the utopian impulse–not just the work explicitly addressing utopia.
City sized space rock indeed! Wonderful. As soon as I finish writing the paper I’m working on now (due tomorrow) I am going to put up the bibliography. It’s a long time coming. For starters though you might enjoy Ruth Levitas and the Utopian Society.
I look forward to our conversations!
This blog is superb – there’s so much back-reading. Thank you for writing.
Thank you very much, that means a lot.
hello owl very nice meeting you
David in Maine USA
Thank you, and you as well!
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