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and that I wanted to be a teacher. This initial foray into higher ed was an American Studies PhD program in Kansas, where I fell into a depression, nearly failed out, and left the Midwest swearing never to return. Paul replied by email, a single line without punctuation: “welcome to the sinking ship”] ARCHIVE The growing dissociation of birth [bare life] and the nation-state is the new fact of politics in our day, and what we call camp is this disjunction...we must expect not only new camps but also always new and more lunatic regulative definitions of the inscription of life in the city. The camp, which is now securely lodged within the city’s interior, is the new biopolitical nomos of the planet. —Georgio Agamben, Homo Sacer

STORY ABANDON [Merriam Webster] transitive verb 1a: to give up to the control or influence of another person or agent b: to give up with the intent of never again claiming a right or interest in <abandon property> 2: to withdraw from often in the face of danger or encroachment <abandon ship> 3: to withdraw protection, support, or help from <he abandoned his family> 4: to give [oneself ] over unrestrainedly 5a: to cease from maintaining, practicing, or using <abandoned their SPRING 2018

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