“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

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Realist Magic Liveblog 5

68 000 words. I'm moving slowly backwards through my database, looking at my notes. Each time I find one I look for places in the book that would be help by it. Then I start to work it in. This then leads to further expansion, cuts, and citations. It's much slower than the rough hewing phase that Hyperobjects is undergoing. But I think this might be a good thing: it's evidence that the book has achieved a certain level of stability. I'm also quite surprised at how many of the ideas in the notes are already in there. This is also a good sign, somehow.

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