“So many scholars read anxiously, with a hope not to learn, not to be discomposed by learning. They fish in indexes looking for confirmation of not being trumped, they skim the surface hoping that no phrase catches them. The aversion to an event to which one nonetheless comes — like the vague sadism that Adam Phillips describes as a quality of intellectuals who come to the world hoping once again to be disappointed — is a frustrating part of
being in this world.”
So begins a blog entry on the affective dimensions of scholarly reading, teaching and learning in ……. Supervalent Thought, University of Chicago English professor Lauren Berlant’s blog.