Things take off where he and I left off back in 2012 and immediately move into completely new territory with a series of all new exciting and fresh questions and material. I don't want to jinx it of course but I couldn't contain my excitement either as the end of this month approaches. My good friend Pete Wolfendale hints Ray is up to some great things these days, so I just had to find out for myself what has developed since Ray and I last spoke in what was a brief interview that since then I always thought deserved to be updated, expanded by as much as anyone's time might allow, and published. Thus, with Ray's new work in-progress I don't think anyone has seen anything quite like this yet! Hopefully more soon as news develops. Fair enough to say I am very, very excited.
In the same place you'll find interviews with Iain Grant and Niemoczynski (from 2013 or 2014, I want to say) and a new one from Quentin Meillassoux (if that's what it is going to be called). Not to jinx it as well as I can't mention any other names too far in advance- but with any luck there *may* be a French philosopher of science in those pages too (no, not Latour) - but again, no official word just yet so I can't say too much. But we'll see, ok? All fingers crossed and hush hush. Soon!
Less than a few months to put all of this together as there are a few pieces to this puzzle I am looking to add here, but I think that is enough of a "with any luck something big will be coming this way hopefully soon" type announcement. I've been working on this project for about one year. If worse comes to worse I am going to split the project into two separate publications each with a different focus.
Ok, so that is some (hopefully) good news if things work out.
Now for some unrelated and quite unfortunate news...but a fall update is in order. If you aren't interested in hearing personal news about me please feel free to skip.
A, well, heartfelt and somewhat abrupt announcement concerning the very future of After Nature blog (yes, certainly a labored decision, as I've been thinking about this intently, is coming very soon: namely some not so great but necessary news regarding the future of this blog and its six year history must by circumstance alone be announced rather concretely if only to put things in perspective and balance out some of the big news regarding the forthcoming publications mentioned above since - afterall - our mission here is *just* about finished... on the bright-side, it *has* been six years....
Within the next three months let's say, definitely around winter 2016 (as early as December) but no later than very early winter 2017, I will be forced to make an announcement that, well, is a challenge for me not because I want to do it but because my health is now forcing me to: or at least, for now, so it seems that a decision will be forced.
It does involve some, hmmm, less than ideal news regarding my health issues which have now returned as an issue for me unfortunately; and soon, as in the next few weeks, I'll be at a crossroads yet again (likely within eight to ten weeks time or less), to make a very important decision to go ahead and undergo a (required) emergency operation for a brain aneurysm (so that) my body can withstand the bloodthinners needed to be pumped into me for an emergency cardiac ablation required for a recently discovered life-threatening heart arrhythmia likely responsible for my TIAs that occurred between '09 and '11 (those TIAs which incidentally contributed to at least one failed corrective surgery that damaged the femoral and obturator nerves leaving me in debilitating chronic pain for the past four years which has now only recently begun to resolve; yet three orthopedic surgeons tell me the nerve damage is so bad, i.e. permanent, that I am in need of total hip replacement. That's beside the point: I have two hips and one heart; and one is a vital organ. But make no mistake about it: chronic pain isn't a joke either, it's just that the heart is priority number one.)
I found out about the cardiac arrhythmia only recently - as I had been having severe symptoms at least since June of this year (I knew about the brain aneurysm but it was never a problem in-itself causing no symptoms until the prospect that the blood thinners for the heart operation turned out to be a risk in that they could, potentially, burst the aneurysm while I'm on the table, and, well, you get the idea). And this is all news to me in about the past month to month and a half as to what is what.
Priorities will have to be reordered and some pretty big (serious) life decisions be made too, regarding how to best handle this situation which has decided to yet again attack me now, after two years of being free and clear of my illness by and large. But, suddenly things have changed in perspective. Of course.
That's all I can say at this point for now. So on one hand hopefully good things for me are on the short term horizon; on the other hand, not so good of course if worse comes to worse and the surgeries are required as soon as I believe that they will be: I am thinking early to mid-December.
If I can develop the discretionary tact to discuss in more detail what has developed now with my health situation (literally out of *nowhere* but related of course to all else since '09 strange happenings) without jeopardizing the dignity of my career or academic name-sake I'll try to give an update in the future; but honestly, perhaps just ending the blog at that time might be better as, afterall, After Nature has accomplished its mission anyway.
For the longterm future if these surgeries go well I hope to keep my permanent/continuing VAP that I've worked so hard to attain and continue to teach well and publish often if I can (and I sincerely hope to and am going to try my best as I always do); but, I just don't think blogging is a wise or anymore useful priority for me. Ending the blog is something I am *considering* now - but be that as it may, because of my health and VAP job priorities, ending it this coming winter is likely.
I've not battled worse before than what I am about to go through in the next two to three months, and so I thought sharing a little uplifting news beforehand about new projects might be helpful before breaking the potentially bad news. Otherwise I'm sure I'll be fine. Afterall, as Hoelderlin once wrote, "Where there is danger, grows also the saving power."
Thanks so much, and thanks for reading. My apologies for any apparent melodrama: it's just the truth of what's going on right now and why, for me, having completed my blog's mission, come this winter (or early next year, latest) with two major surgeries and recovery looming, and getting back to my VAP (counting on it), ending a six year part of my life - meaning, this blog - wasn't a decision that came easy to me.
Many thanks for your patience in reading this. And of course many thanks for reading After Nature so far and for making it the success that it is today.
Sincerely, and as news develops I'll be sure to keep readers posted.
Leon / After Nature