What would it mean to try and exit the literary marketplace for a little bit? Am I not already replicating, refining, altering other people’s concepts? What will it feel like to be disqualified from the sanctioning machines? What is individual genius and achievement anyway and is that the only way to make meaning? Could this work reach people it wouldn’t reach if I went through the usual commercial channels? If I’m exiting the traditional literary marketplace, what other rooms might I enter?
It is in the intimate spaces of memory exchange where the present and the past meet in that the sense of building knowledge together is most profoundly activated.
In fact, I would argue that the introduction of metaspheres—of online and offline spaces that are both real and different worlds—have bifurcated these concepts so that we have more than one notion of public or of private. There can be private acts in public space, public records of very private information, an insistence on privacy that stands parallel to a persistence in frequent public disclosure.
A strong community helps people develop a sense of true self, for only in community can the self exercise and fulfill its nature: giving and taking, listening and speaking, being and doing.
"It’s not a fucking community if you make it so that a ton of people can’t actually show up."
"We’re operating from the point of view of access intimacy. Access isn’t an individual’s need, but a common capacity shared between us all."