Good afternoon after so many weeks.
As an independent scholar, writer, and translator I am also my own full-time secretary, maid, therapist, trainer, and all around nice guy who is way too busy for his own good. That is to say: I've been working.
My recent submissions include two grant applications–one, to finish two chapters of my book on Blanchot's philosophy, and the other, to continue translating a book of reportage from Polish. I'll hear from them in the spring. I've also submitted a translation of Polish reportage to Granta. Now to prepare another translation for a contest deadline in December.
My essay "Projections on a Wall: A Hauntology" was published by 3:AM Magazine. It's about the history of and various meanings ascribed to the Berlin Wall.
I have two pieces that have been accepted for publication in 2016: a translation of Polish reportage, and an essay on Blanchot, Bartley, and ethics. I'll post links once they're up/out/online.
I've finally hit the 10,000 word mark on the book I'm translating. That puts me about 1/5 of the way through it. My god, what a slog! I never heard back from the publisher I contacted a few months ago, so now on to my 2nd tier publishers, who still are, by the way, top tier.
All of these projects–including an interview I'm conducting with a Slovak writer–have been keeping me from working on my blog. And I'm taking a break from reading, perhaps until the end of the year, in order to make more progress on the book translation. I'd still really like to have the first draft completed by January, but that's looking more and more impossible.