I love reading other people's summary of my work. This is from the issue's introduction:
In his commentary on Karpiak’s article, sociologist and criminologist Peter Moskos praises Karpiak for presenting an (in his view) unusually lucid example of anthropological writing. Moskos takes particular aim at the pressure in some sociological writing to conform to natural science models for research method and writing, which he feels take the enterprise off course. Instead, he advocates an interdisciplinary and combined-method approach in which qualitative and quantitative approaches can be brought together, in an effort to check the admittedly partial character of the knowledge produced by each method.Is that what I'm saying?
My favorite part (and what will undoubtedly bring me into the glamorous party circuit of the high-rolling world of international poetry) is my haiku version of "Casey at the Bat." It goes like this:
mighty casey swingsAll kidding aside (not that I was kidding), I do believe that almost everything can (and should) be summarized in 17 syllables. Talk about cutting to the chase; it's a useful skill. Recently, for my next book, I took my hand at Foucault. I was going to omit Foucault from the book on principle. But then I realized I couldn't figure out what that principle was (except for me not liking Foucault's writing). I also didn't want people to think I didn't read Foucault. Oh, no. I read Foucault. I thought about him long and hard. I just don't like Foucault. And every time I read, "As Foucault said," I reach for my gun. So to help make my point about the Frenchman's needless verbosity, I attempted to summarize Discipline & Punish in 17 syllables.
oh two two on down by two
no joy in Mudville
I couldn't do it.
It turns out that Foulcault's classic treatise needs two haikus:
society's normsSpeaking of my next book, here's my 17-syllable summary of In Defense of Flogging:
more like prisons every day
resistance is futile
from body to mind
a new system of control
punish with the lashThat's all you really need to know, but read the book anyway.
it's much better than prison
why not give the choice?