Psych. But I am delighted to report that my academic monograph, KAFKA AND WITTGENSTEIN: THE CASE FOR AN ANALYTIC MODERNISM, has been enthusiastically recommended for publication at Northwestern University Press. It still has to pass acquisitions, where (for a smaller, quasi-academic project at a different press) I’ve been thwarted before, so it’s not a lock, but I am still feeling great.
After Thesis Hatement I got so many nasty attacks on my scholarship and scathing know-it-all screeds about meritocracy and sundry bullshit. Little makes me happier than to prove those people wrong in this tiny but meaningful way. I may never be in academia again, but this book will be the near-imperceptible legacy I leave. Anyone who wants to use Wittgenstein with literature in the future will inevitably come across this book–they may hate it, they may like it, but the seven years of work I did in two disciplines will be there–acquisitions willing–for anyone who wishes to see it.
Thanks to everyone who has refused to give up on me, even when I gave up on everything.