I renounce all my early books and writings. — Joseph Suglia

I renounce all my early books and writings — including Hölderlin and Blanchot on Self-Sacrifice (2004), Years of Rage (2005), and Watch Out (2006; revised version: 2008).

I disclaim the “film interpretation” of Watch Out, as well, which is really a vandalization of my novel.

I no longer endorse any of these works.  They no longer represent me as an artist, as a scholar, or as a human being.

Table 41 is the only book that I take responsibility for.  I endorse Table 41 and my more recent literary-critical writings — that is all.

Joseph Suglia

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21 thoughts on “I renounce all my early books and writings. — Joseph Suglia

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  2. As a former used bookdealer, the answer is possibly 2 things. One, the most likely, there are more people looking for the books than there are copies readily available. Or, two, that the only way they’re available is thru a print on demand service and there are not many used copies. (With a POD, the used copies are usually cheaper.)

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  4. man i got so baked last night i don even no what im doin here who am i i like don even no what im sayin right now

  5. I thought “Watch Out” contained some excellent writing and I want to read more of your work. I’m sure you know the part I didn’t like and I don’t want to beat that dead horse (oops) but by all means, carry on, Dr. S!

  6. I realize this comment is off topic, but have you received notification recently of my posts? You are still listed as a follower but I have suspicions…

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  9. Usually (to my experience, anyway) when people renounce ‘all previous’ they’ve had an epiphany of some kind. Often religious, but there you go …

    In my own case it was decades ago that I read some very unPC stuff which clashed head-on with the popular ‘thinking’ of the time.
    But it made excellent sense, made me think (for myself, a novelty) and turned me through one-eighty (degrees).

    Now I call it as I see it and to hell with what passes for Thought with the masses.

    Good luck with your own course—are you any ‘righter’ now than before?

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  11. I remember back when I worked as a library cataloger we would joke about never accepting someone else’s catalog records -and be highly suspicious of those that you cataloged yourself that were more than a year old.

  12. Dr. Suglia:

    I am a graduate student in Performance Art Studies. We are doing a podcast on Deleuze and want you to write an essay for us.

    We expect you to make a number of changes to your blog.

    Write back immediately.

    Jason Jackson

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  14. Hey Dr.,

    How’s the “world’s greatest writer” doing these days? I hope you haven’t renounced that title. In the time immediately after every good and even great book I finish, your self-characterization floats to the top of my head and I think, well can this author really compete with the world’s greatest author? You have given me this sticky thought and that is worth a lot in my book. It is right up there with “and so it goes” and “everybody dies” and “catch 22”. Thanks. Duke

  15. Hmm. I ended up here all the way from Finland in the search of Empedokles and Moby Dick with the help of Straub&Huillet and found out that you renounce Hölderlin and Blanchot on Self-Sacrifice which I can’t get in my fingers. I feel I’m somehow mislead by cosmos since its themes touch upon my artistic research and now I can’t even disagree on the text – or then it is hello desoeuvrement my old friend.

    Anyhow, not knowing you, your figure or your greatness in the field of textual expression and conceptual thinking, I’d like to ask you to help me with my working. Could you send me a text where you open the reasons why you box the compass with Hölderlin and Blanchot on Self-Sacrifice?

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