Complex Singularities

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A bit of wind whistling through an open keyhole, this is just a quick post to say that I haven’t forgotten about this blog, but the energies I have been devoting to it have all been poured into the book manuscript of late. But with some result! The manuscript is finally complete and I will […]

Static! or Thinking Inside the Box

Apologies to anyone who visited the site in the last day or so and saw nothing but a mess of raw web nonsense… In my busyness and work on other projects, I neglected to realize that my experiments with new website editing software had supplanted my landing page with a cuckoo-like simulacrum that pretended to be […]


I’ve decided that part of the ambit of this blog is going to involve pointing to interesting stories and analyses on other sites. I figure that since I spend so much time reading interesting things on the internet and that I like the ability of networked Internet space to organically promote and amplify material that people think […]


Hmmmm. It feels good that I’ve been posting long enough and regular enough that I feel like if I don’t post for a while I should mention why. It means, I think, that the blog has reached the point where it is established—it’s become its own thing as opposed to something I occasionaly do. It […]

“[A]n increasing complexity”

(So can my not-tremendously-yet-used aphorisms category of posts contain interesting aphoristic quotations by others? Why, yes it can!) “There is no ‘the truth,’ ‘a truth’—truth is not one thing, or even a system. It is an increasing complexity.” ~ Adrienne Rich, On Lies, Secrets, and Silence, 1979, 187.


I’ve been thinking about aphorisms this morning, and how I think I want to start including them in this blog. I have always been drawn to aphorisms, to short pithy statements, little nuggets of thought. The Oxford defines them as “general truths” or short statements of a scientific principle—e.g., “Every action has an equal and […]

Complex Singularities: Second Pass

The idea for the title of this blog, Complex Singularities, comes from a certain way of thinking about discourse—discourse as event. For this I have to thank Brian Massumi who during my Ph.D. training gave an inspired course on Discourse Analysis that didn’t contain, to my memory, a single reading about “discourse”. The course was […]

News, Publics and Peers

I’m sitting on some excellent news, professionally speaking, which becomes interesting when you have recently started a blog devoted (at least in part) to talking about matters related to professional academia. If part of your public persona is suddenly invested in a space of public intimacy, to use Maria Bakardjieva’s terminology, where is the line […]

A (Not So) Proper Introduction

So I’ve been sitting on this web address for a month or so, trying to find the time to write a proper introduction. In it I would lay out my reasons for choosing the title Complex Singularities and my vision for the blog. But I now realize that given the haphazard nature of my postdoctoral […]