And when the peasants have moved to the city, and the trilogy is complete -when Berger presumably has learned to write about peasant experience as he set out to do nearly 15 years ago, what then? Will he return to the city himself?
‘’Well, I get back to the city fairly regularly - to Paris mostly, where I lecture and then see a movie, friends. But I have become so attached, you see. I feel as if I belong here, if I belong anywhere. And I don’t miss the city, certainly not the social life. I mean, for fun in the city, people get together at a party and swap opinions. Opinions. Here, when people relax, get together, they drink, play cards and sing - sit in a room and sing. And of course, they tell stories.’'
We are committed to the idea that study is what you do with other people. It’s talking and walking around with other people, working, dancing, suffering, some irreducible convergence of all three, held under the name of speculative practice. The notion of a rehearsal—being in a kind of workshop, playing in a band, in a jam session, or old men sitting on a porch, or people working together in a factory—there are these various modes of activity. The point of calling it “study” is to mark that the incessant and irreversible intellectuality of these activities is already present.
Stefano Harney and Fred Moten in The Undercommons