“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

Saturday, January 21, 2023

A Theory of Drama: ANOTHER Book!

 A month or so ago Routledge asked me if I'd like to write a book for them, in a theory series. A few weeks ago I said yes, but can I just send you some writing rather than a proposal? I don't do proposals. Luckily I'm at a point where I don't have to do them, either. 

I hate them. They've never worked. Chat GPT might do them for me better than I could possibly do, because I just don't know what I'm going to say before I say it, especially at this point, after twenty five or so books where allowing your unconscious mind a wide berth is the whole deal. 

I hate fellowship applications and book proposals. I've hardly ever been given a fellowship, because I just don't know how to say what I want to say on those damn forms. 

But I do know how to write and last night I wrote the whole thing in a thirty-page scope. 

It's a theory of drama. Why, you ask, would an eco philosopher have one? Why indeed...it is indeed an ecological theory of drama. 

I'm really really happy with it. 

1 comment:

Deane said...

I remember once in an interview you made mention of how all us alive and aware of what's truly happening to life on earth today all share a similar sad melodramatic view of our world...

It made me reflect on how our own thoughts/memories can perpetuate the reality we live in and how important it is to re-vision life on earth making a comeback by physically going outside and directly cultivating that rebirth in our gardens and greater landscape. Or as author Hyemeyohsts Storm always taught in his Native American story telling: "Beneath your memory there is power."