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How big of a book would the collected output here be and how are you going to get it published (plus Relativism So What as a post-script longer-form essay a la Barthes' "Mythologies")? I'll keep ears tuned to my tiny slice of academia over here...

54,000 words, more or less. A lot of the ideas in those columns need further thought, which is both an argument in favor of publishing them in book form and an argument against publishing them as is. UGA Press would have the right of first refusal over any book I were to propose. Certainly only some of this stuff is the best of what I've written over the last several years. I'd say that Rolling Teenpop is at least as crucial an achievement, though with stuff like that we're in the same situation as Dylan in the liner notes to Bringing It All Back Home when he said, "Yes. Well I could use some help in getting this wall in the plane."

am planning -- along with much other ducks-in-a-row stuff -- to reread these en bloc in the next crafts-free two-three weeks

my instinct prior to the rereading is similar to yours, i think: there is MORE than enough potential material here for a book, probably in fact several: but while some of it is in completed form, a mere cut-and-paste of what's here would not be making the best of the form of a book (and presumably there are subsequent responses and discussions to follow up); though i actually really like the notion of a book that is constructed as a series of extended answers to a sequence of questions [and perhaps post-each answer a discussion and/or knockdown of responses serious or trivial, troubling or stupid] ... it would kind of be a bumper issue of WMS, come to think of it

the translation of the teenpop threads into a book format is also a fascinating conundrum, from an editor's perspective -- quite apart from the clearance and permissions issue, there's the dialectic of the (external) "scandal" versus the (internal) content; and how you would analyse and/or dramatise this in any republishing (including the option of just ignoring the extrinsic stuff, obviously)

^^^this is me beginning to get my mind back into gear after a week of unusually intense non-stressful distraction aka a HOLIDAY i guess

in ref the "book as bumper issue of WMS", you certainly have enough material to make the pitch btw, to yr RPDWB publishers or to whosoever else -- i will try and put together a potential list here

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