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This is an experimental project, a hypertext book-in-progress meant to reflect my never-ending quest to understand myself and other people. The project is based on the idea that, because human thinking is nonlinear, it can be best captured in the nonsequential form.
This online book will serve to develop my scholarship, but it is also meant to attract audiences beyond academia. Many questions to be directly and indirectly explored here will sound familiar to readers from different walks of life: "Why are we here?" - "Am I going in the correct direction?" - "What is this journey about?" - "How do I make things right?" And sometimes, when we are sad and lost: "What's the point?"
This project was launched in February 2021. It may remain in the state of becoming for a while (months? years?), as my plan for its content and form implies. Whenever you revisit this site, you will probably find something new. I am not planning to delete old content, although I will be editing existing pages to make my writing more complete and compelling. Meanwhile, the book will be constantly expanding in multiple directions through additional links and interconnected pages. Despite the unusual format, I hope to see this book cited by future readers.
Why am I doing this? The first response would be: to stay sane. This is going to be my creative outlet, something that I can share with the world as I am doing it. Some may say, it's a curious way to combat my own perfectionism. The second - though no less important - reason is: to develop and promote my scholarship. For this purpose, the book is based on the rhizomatic method proposed by postmodern philosophers Deleuze and Guattari.
How does it work? As it goes with hypertext books, you can click the links on this and any other page to see where they will lead you. Most links will take you to different parts of this book, but some will serve to connect the project to other texts in the World Wide Web. For more details, read about the content and form of this project.
CAVEAT: In the first few months after the launch, the number of pages for my readers to explore will likely be limited. I am working on this project as an independent scholar. Therefore, I have to carve out time from taking care of my many responsibilities. Realizing that my readers won't enjoy stumbling around links that lead nowhere, I have created a list of completed pages.
If you want to chat with me about any of this, feel free to reach out at email@example.com.