“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cutting Is Part of Writing

Today I gathered together a 70 page chunk of Hyperobjects, and cut it to a 39 page paper, which in the large font I like to read from, will be just under an hour's lecture for the philosophy keynote I'm doing.

Cutting is very much part of writing. It's very pleasurable once you get into it. You have to write first. Then you cut. They are different kinds of cognitive act with different kinds of pleasure.

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