In the last chapter of my soon-to-be book I quote Burke in an interview saying "the only cure for an idea is digging in the dirt." (And I also quoted that here at the end of last summer.) This morning I finished a last pass through my book manuscript, and then JM and I bought some topsoil at Blain's Farm and Fleet and put in a garden.
I'm going to ship off the manuscript on Monday, yay; next time I see it will be in the copyediting phase. The title will be Moving Bodies: Kenneth Burke at the Edges of Language. Here is the table of contents:
Introduction: "An Excursion"
1. Bodies as Equipment for Moving (from Artist to Audience)
2.Burke’s Mystical Method
3. Burke on Drugs: Efficiency and the Valuation of Habits
4. From the Rhetoric of Science to the Science of Rhetoric: The Case of Endocrinology
5. Seeing ‘Deviance’ as Inclination: Kretschmerian Constitutions and Bodily Occupations
6. Body Language: Paget and Gesture-Speech Theory
7. Welcome to the Beauty Clinic
Conclusion: Action in Motion
Here are the garden contents:
6. swiss chard
We did a modest garden with only our daily and weekly standbys because we'll be getting lots of veggies from the CSA and the farmers market. In the extra space and along the fence (away from the whippets), we sowed about 60 sq ft of wildflowers.