One of my flaws as a teacher is that I really can't handle "dead time." I jabber through silences. When the conversation stops, even if only momentarily, my heart drops, a belt of adrenaline hits my arteries, and I kick things back on to track, for better or worse. I've heard stories about teachers who are better about this, who can stand 5 minutes of silence without freaking out. Alas, I'm not sure if prolonged stoppages will ever be for me.
So just imagine what the near-silence chez nous is having on me! LS is having a bit of a slow period. A prolonged slow period, actually. Which is totally understandable. People are busy, things need to get done, and if anyone knows about the ebb and flow of blogjuice, it's me. (I've been killing my blogs off since before many of you had heard the word "blog" for the first time...)
But I'll admit, this is starting to make me a bit sad. It wouldn't be an overstatement, I think, to say that at one point LS was one of the blogs to turn to if you were interested in an amalgam of theory, left politics, loosely literary analysis, and related fields. It is a blog that should exist, don't you agree?
Anyway, this is dangerous pool, for certain, but desperate times call for desperate posts. If you are interested in writing for LS, I encourage you to write me and say so. I think that we would be especially interested in people who have some blogging / writing experience, and, obviously, have some interests in common with those that have written for the site in the past. So tell me a little bit about yourself, point me to your own blog / writings / whatever. And I'll let the others know about your interest and we'll go from there.
One thing: don't count yourself out because of your professional position or lack thereof. We've always been a pretty eclectic group on this front. A lot of graduate students, a lot of non-academics, a few faculty folks. Mostly what I'm interested in are people who would like to write here fairly regularly, who write well, and have an interest in one or more of the following fields:
- left politics
- "theory" and philosophy
- politically or theoretically inflected approaches to literature, film, popular culture, music, art, architecture, philosophy, and so on...
- other issues that have some connection to the above.
Another thing: obviously pseudonymity is fine by me, so don't let that rule you out either.
This is obviously a bit dangerous, as maybe no one will write me and then the question becomes where to go from there. We don't want that to happen, so drop me a line...