–The cheese dip was a big hit at the Super Bowl Party
–My talk went over quite well at the conference. I felt bad presenting something that’s already been accepted for publication somewhere, but you know what? Other people do it all the time. And as a result of it being “old” to me (even though it’s not out yet) the presentation was really slick. It had to be, as I was the last of the day and some eyes were looking droopy. But I managed a good show.
–In other news from the conference, I met a guy who wrote an essay on nonwestern approaches to “copies” which I’m very interested it. For years now I’ve been of the mind that the whole original/copy discussion (e.g., Benjamin’s “Work of Art” essay, Baudrillard Simulations, and on and on and on) is a bunch of metaphysical smoke and mirrors (which is to say ASKING THE WRONG SET OF QUESTIONS) and I tried to deal with it in the long “Social Genesis of Sound Fidelity” in The Audible Past but not to my satisfaction then or now. I’ve been taking a more effective and dismissive (in the nonperjorative sense of the word) approach lately and I’m looking for more ammunition in that area. this is in part fueled by Deleuze’s short “Plato and the Simulacrum” section in The Logic of Sense (a different translation appeared in October I think) but I’m looking for more. Usually, people who don’t believe me aren’t convinced by a long exposition on copies and originals as contenders for the same prize. No big surprise there.
–Despite the fact that friends are on the bill and some of the papers look interesting, I am skipping the conference today for reasons of self-care. This is the new regime. I will not feel guilty for avoiding acts of self-sacrificial heroics that I might otherwise undertake in the name of good academic citizenship. Thank you.
–For the first time ever, we are going to Florida for Spring Break (which does not happen here in Spring, it happens in the last week of February). Carrie is giving a talk in Tampa, so we are going down there for a whole week. I don’t know if I will have blog access or motivation (we know how this worked on past trips), but we leave this Thursday.