A moment of serendipity. Over on Savage Minds, a debate about academic publishing is the topic de jour. That debate is an offshoot of a wider debate spurred by an article by George Monbiot in the Guardian. The Zite Reader on my iPad shows me a fabulous article "Routes/Worlds" by Elizabeth Povinelli, whose work I am reading for the first time. It is, by far, the most interesting piece of anthropological writing I have read in a long time—and it appears in an online e-journal devoted to art. e-flux is that journal, and, another serendipity, the issue in which Povinelli's article appears leads off with an editorial on "Alternative Economies." I am dazzled. I think I'm in love.
Whether your schtick is state of the art continental theory, ontology, things, the history of anthropology (Povinelli's summary is brilliant), or alternative economies, i.e., alternatives to the webs of patronage in which the arts are now embedded, you owe it to yourself to take a look.