1) Plant a garden. I haven't had a garden in years, because I haven't been in one place for a whole summer to take care of it. Now I'll finally be able to do it, and I'm really excited. I'm going to plant tomatoes, herbs, eggplant, okra, cucumbers, and whatever else I can think of. It'll be great to have some fresh grown veggies later in the summer.
2) Read. Here's my list so far:
- Green and Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
- Galileo's Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson
- Pacific Edge by Kim Stanley Robinson
- Becoming Animal by David Abram
- The Organic Machine by Richard White
- The Prince of Networks by Graham Harman
- Tool Being by Graham Harman
- The Democracy of Objects by Levi Bryant (I have a draft from Levi that he sent me back in August)
- Cosmopolitics I by Isabelle Stengers (got myself a copy at the SUNY Graduate Center conference last weekend, which she spoke at)
- What is Posthumanism by Cary Wolfe
3) This is kind of linked to reading, in that it involves reading a book, but I'm separating it because it's a different kind of practice. I've been noticing a lot lately the similarities and potential usefulness of some of Gregory Bateson's concepts in relation to some of the theoretical material I've been studying lately. So what I want to do this summer is to re-read Bateson's Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity, and really flesh out those key concepts drawing on other theorists to see how Bateson's work might apply to contemporary anthropological practice. I'll analyze the book chapter by chapter and post those analyses here, much like the cross-blog reading groups that have become so popular. I'd be willing to make this into a cross-blog project if anyone's interested, but I know most people are already committed to various summer projects as it is.
4) A backpacking trip. I'm thinking of going either north to Vermont or New Hampshire or south to Kentucky or the Virginias. Any suggestions for good trails or parks would be great!
That's what I have planned for now - the major projects, that is. I also plan on baking lots of bread, going hiking a lot, and I'll probably be doing some work on the Bay interviewing folks about climate change. I'll keep you all posted of my progress.