Wednesday, July 30, 2008
(10:41 AM) | Adam Kotsko:
Dreaming LifeYesterday I made significant progress on my dissertation chapter. I finished probably the most conceptually difficult part, bringing together Bonhoeffer and Jean-Luc Nancy, and I was feeling good.
Apparently I was not as satisfied as I thought, though, because last night I dreamed that I was writing a book on Nancy as a kind of side project to keep me from being bored while doing my dissertation. I had made rapid progress and already had four chapters, but I felt I needed a fifth one to round it out. Casting about for a topic, I thought, "Oh, of course, I can do a chapter on The Experience of Freedom." Then I wrote it up in a matter of minutes. Another book, in the bag!
Although this dream probably does reflect my vast ambitions, arrogance, pretentiousness, etc., I think that more fundamentally it falls into the same category as when I've had a data entry job through a temp agency and I dream of data entry.