I started Cartilage and Skin in 1998. When I went to South Carolina in 2004, I had a complete draft, which was roughly 180 pages longer than the current 324 pages. As I worked on my PhD, I didn’t really think about my book. Sometimes during that period, I would open to random pages and tinker with the language. In 2006, I added a sentence about Horatio Alger; in 2009, I added a sentence about “rhizomatically-inclined sophists.” That was the last sentence I added. In the spring and summer 2010, after I finished my dissertation, I cut out the 180 pages (which, as I mentioned, dealt with his youth) and moved some things around.
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