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”
You have to be somebody before you can share yourself.Jaron Lanier, You Are Not a Gadget
Remember: the rules, like streets, can only take you to known places. Underneath the grid is a field — it was always there — where to be lost is never to be wrong, but simply more.Ocean Vuong, On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous
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.