Melville on laughter

A good laugh is a mighty good thing, and rather too scarce a good thing; the more’s the pity. So, if any one man, in his own proper person, afford stuff for a good joke to anybody, let him not be backward, but let him cheerfully allow himself to spend and be spent in that way.

—Herman Melville, Moby Dick, “Breakfast”

A New Project…

Earlier this week, I received word that my book proposal to McGill-Queens UP has been accepted. I’d already been chipping away at initial work for awhile, but now that I know for certain the form the project will take, I can start picking up speed in earnest.

As I do, I think I’m going to post here about what I’m working on and how I’m working. The technical side of the “how” will be familiar ground: Tinderbox and Scrivener with Bookends and some DevonThink thrown into the mix. This time around though Tinderbox is being bent into strange new shapes based on what I learned the hard way from doing research during my dissertation and its aftermath. Already, the work is a lot more fun and a lot less chaotic than it was in that earlier project.

I’ll write more about the specific topic later. For now, it’s enough to say I’m reading a lot about queer cinema in the 90s and am watching a lot of movies.