The final proofs for Difference and Givenness arrived today. It is exhilarating to finally see over five years of work coming to completion, all so nicely laid out on crisp clean pages. The next two weeks will consist of frenetically proofing the final draft and pulling together an index. Despite the excitement of it all, I am also terrified. My thoughts on Deleuze have evolved and change over time, yet here I am now, inscribed in this text. I also feel that I am at something of an existential crossroads here. So long as I have lived in anonymity, I have been free to range across the most contradictory thoughts. I could simultaneously embrace Deleuze, Lacan, Badiou, Hegel, Marx, Plato, Lucretius, various phenomenologists, and many others besides. Now I shall have to find some way to put all these things together in one space. Or perhaps this is the wrong way of thinking about the issue. Perhaps philosophy should be conceived as a pastiche or patchwork.

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