“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

Thursday, October 18, 2012


I was teaching a class today at Madison. Wow great great students. Clear, intelligent, good humored. One of them suggested affinities between me, Jane Bennett and Deleuze.

At first I wanted to draw distinctions. But then I started thinking about it insofar as there are styles of scholarship, institutions if you prefer.

hadn't thought about this before but I found myself saying that--and this is something I like very much about Deleuze--Jane and I sort of make toys for people to play with. Ecological politics is so confusing and multiple, it's good to make toys at this point I feel.

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