IT HAS BEEN EIGHTEEN MONTHS. EIGHTEEN MONTHS, LARGELY WASTED. EIGHTEEN MONTHS OF REGRESSION

SUSPENDED REASON HAS GONE FROM SOFT TO HARD (NON-TECHNICAL TO TECHNICAL). SUSPENDED REASON MUST BECOME SOFT AGAIN.

BUT SUSPENDED REASON CANNOT GO BACK TO THINGS THE WAY THEY WERE

SUSPENDED REASON MUST FIGURE OUT A WAY TO SYNTHESIZE THE SOFT WITH THE HARD

SUSPENDED REASON MUST LEARN A WAY TO BE SOPHISTICATED WITHOUT BEING JARGONY

TO BE PENETRATING WITHOUT BEING NARROW

TO BE APPEALING WITHOUT ANY PANDER

THIS IS HARD.

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Clarifying the Heterotopic

Heteropia is a word which originates with Michel Foucault, derived from the Greek héteros (other) and tópos (place). Its meaning is most concretely delineated in his essay “Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias” (from the French “Des Espace Autres,” March 1967), though the phrasing “concretely delineatedmay be overly generous. Foucault’s own definition of the heterotopic varies from lecture to lecture, and the aforementioned paper contradicts itself both inter- and intra-paragraph. Yet the term’s formulation has touched some nerve in academia, leading to a wide range of scholarly implementations which somehow must be reconciled and dealt with.

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