One of my friends, who is a very good writer, called his first post a “throat-clearing” post, which is useful. I’m going to mostly launch into this pretty quickly, but I think it’s useful for me to establish very briefly what I’m interested in doing here.
First, about the title: A “Sunday driver” is a term for, well, a bad driver, a sightseer who “rubbernecks,” drives too slowly, etc. This should tell you something about what I hope to do here. I called it “Thursday driver” for two reasons: first, I have to go a little faster than a Sunday driver would – I’m a graduate student in English, which means I’m busy, and second, someone took “Sunday driver.”
In part, this blog is going to be a reflection of my interests; in part, it’s going to be a tool to develop and discover those interests. I was discussing with a colleague a few days ago the idea that few people really have a “field of study” until a gun (or a personal statement deadline) is put to them. My interests right now, which will form a sort of rough constellation as I write, involve the intersection of speculative realism with other forms of thought (especially the epistemological and identity implications), mid-19th C. American literature, and bad television. Some of the posts will be reprints of things I write for discussion boards, classes, etc., and some will not. In a way, that’s the most important thing for me: learning to articulate in some meaningful sense what my interests are and to express a position, since that seems to be both the mechanism for making useful communicational contributions and a simple professional necessity.