It’s been a long, Long, LONG time coming. How long? This is a book that Jayne Fargnoli first approached me about writing in 2001. At the time, I was still teaching at the University of South Florida, Blackwell was five years away from being acquired by John Wiley, and the Association for Cultural Studies didn’t exist yet.
Anyway, a few weeks back, I’d mentioned that the book was on its way and provided a brief preview of the first chapter. And today my personal copies finally reached my Seattical cave. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, or maybe this is a side effect of living with the project for more than a decade, but the book didn’t actually feel real to me until I had a physical copy of it in my hand.
So now the fun can really begin, since other people can actually read the book … and since it’s a deliberately polemical take on the current state of cultural studies, there’s probably something in there for everyone to disagree with. And that conversation would be a lovely way for the first comments thread on this blog to start.