A perusal of the participant list will quickly reveal I have strayed well clear of my usual subject matter and support network. I’ve dabbled with Antonio Negri, but never read Tronti before this. So why am I participating? I’m compelled by the notion of a weblog-based symposium, and keen to see how this process plays out. And rather than simply cheerlead and observe, thought it only sporting to take a few swings as a participant, however inept. And Bartleby may be tangential to the subject at hand, but he’s undeniably there. Melville’s story has always fascinated me for a number of reasons.
I have no doubt I am out of my depth, but pushing myself out of my comfort zone is a good way to learn. I’ve already read a lot of stuff I would not have read otherwise, and the prospect of impending humiliation does focus the mind. At least I’m hoping it does.
I doubt I will tread too heavily on the theory path, but I hereby vow not to revert to knee-jerk meta-blog discourse commentary either. That would be too easy. In any event, my contribution to the party is set for Saturday. Hopefully I won’t drink too much and break the furniture.