After writing my weekly column and responding to whatever the hard-working and eagle-eyed editors have queried about, I seldom think about it again, and within a few days just barely remember what I said. It is largely a matter of needing to get the brain oriented to whatever is next in the queue, though narrowing mental bandwidth is probably a factor as well. (Six of one and a half dozen of the other.) In consequence, I have been lackadaisical at best about “pushing” the work, i.e. meeting the obligation to wrangle attention for it by any social-mediated means necessary.
In consequence, the column reaches a readership much smaller than the one imagined while writing it. This is frustrating to realize, as is the fact it’s really my own fault. The trouble with self-promotion is that you can’t count on anyone doing it for you. Neglect becomes habit, and habits tend to build up more momentum than one’s better judgment.
Over the years, a handful of online publications have asked to reprint one column or another. Among them have been Arts & Opinion, Red Wedge, and Socialist Worker, while my influence on the federal judiciary reached its all-time peak with a recent issue of Postconviction Remedies Note: A Quarterly Review of Federal Postconviction Review Issues. Certain very minimal stipulations are made (if you’d like to reprint something, don’t hesitate to ask) but in general I’m inclined to give permission.
Counter-Statement has, at present, an audience in roughly the high one digit — so this announcement is made almost as if to the void. But you’ve got to start somewhere. My long-nurtured aversion to writing for free has become a fetter on the forces of production, and it seems like time to break up a certain number of habits.
And with that now resolved… Here’s a reprint of my piece on Terry Eagleton’s most recent book.