New APPS Interview: Timothy Morton – New APPS: Art, Politics, Philosophy, Science
New APPS Interview: Timothy Morton
Today’s New APPS Interview is with Timothy Morton, Professor of English at University of California, Davis.
John Protevi: Hello, Tim, thanks for joining us today. You’re self-identified as being with the OOO or Object-Oriented Ontology wing of the Speculative Realists, along with people like Graham Harman, Levi Bryant, Ian Bogost, and others. I know there are differences of opinion among you, but how does belonging to a group like this influence your personal practice of scholarship, which, no matter the group, will involve some degree of solitary study and writing?
Timothy Morton: Solitary study and writing is frighteningly pleasant—I’m quite introverted and contemplative so I really like this part of my job. Big conferences can freak me out, but it’s getting easier to surf the adrenaline. Being part of a small group of emerging philosophers (the OOO crew) is really meaningful for me, in ways that my previous scholarly existence wasn’t.