We academics always have big hopes for the summer, and it is usually around this point that we are able to recognize what was realistic and what was not. My goals for this summer, outside of my Shimer-related obligations, were lofty. I was going to translate two books by Agamben, which was my highest priority, even though they were not technically due until the end of the calendar year — I knew from experience that I was not likely to make significant progress during the semester. I was also going to do some work in preparation for a Heidegger elective I planned to teach the year after next, reading a good chunk of Sein und Zeit in the original (hopefully setting a pace that would allow me to get through the whole thing by next summer). Finally, I had already committed to write one article on Agamben and wanted to write one additional article related to my devil project.
The only thing that has gone according to plan is the translating. I have a full draft of The Highest Poverty that I am working on polishing and will soon be sending to an elite cadre of readers, and I will easily be able to get a full draft of Opus Dei by the end of the summer (though some bibliographical and editing work may be left over). On the Heidegger front, I have made very little progress in German, but I’ve been working my way through the Macquarrie and Robinson translation with a brave student. Finally, while I always meet my deadlines and will therefore necessarily finish the already-promised article, an additional article seems very unlikely to happen. I have, however, taken on something unexpected, a reading group over Lacan’s Seminar III (which has not been very time-consuming and will help as I prepare for a directed reading with a CTS PhD student).
How do things stand with you and your goals so far, dear readers?