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Hi, and welcome! I’m FT. I’m a writer and a teacher and this is where you can find my writings and my teachings. You’re probably here because you saw my stuff on Twitter or Tumblr, though you may have run into it in publications including Adult, Artforum, 4Columns, Real Life, the Village Voice (RIP), and others.

I started this Patreon a few years ago, when I first left academia. At the time, I was doing most of my writing on social media, and the Patreon was a way for readers to help me out a little so I could keep writing for free while I restructured my life and got my immigration stuff in order. As my texts have gotten longer and social media has become less hospitable and more unworkable, I’ve focused more and more of my energy here.

In addition to regular shorter posts, semi-regular answers to reader questions, and occasional reviews of books or concerts, the texts on my Patreon include several full-length books, hundreds of pages’ worth of essays on a range of topics, translations from various languages, and introductory notes and guides to a variety of philosophers and philosophical concepts: a partial list of texts is right here. The Patreon is home to my ongoing proposition-by-proposition commentary on Spinoza’s Ethics, currently at xxx words. Other regular topics include the history of philosophy, psychoanalysis, pedagogy, Antonio Gramsci, Wilhelm Reich, sexuality and sexual difference, Jewish and Muslim Aristotelianism, Deleuze and his philosophers (Nietzsche, Bergson, Hume), Deleuze & Guattari, and how much Hegel sucks. I also have an ongoing crusade against universities that you can read all about. I currently post 1-4 new texts a month alongside the regular shorter posts. 

As a freelancer and tutor, every dollar of monthly income buys me a few more minutes to write what I want, the way I want. I love working with good editors and writing for good publications, but there’s really no place in today’s media environment to sell  10k-word essays Maimonides or translations of short, obscure Freud texts. I write fast, and Patreon is the best place I’ve found to get my work quickly and easily into the hands of people who want it.

This past year my Patreon audience generously supported me while I wrote a long book on Gramsci. That experiment, which I’m very proud of, has encouraged me to focus more effort here and to keep aiming at longer projects. Plans for the near future include in-person seminars and a print edition of the Gramsci book. In the coming year I want to focus on my Spinoza commentary and to start serious work on my history of philosophy. 

Every single dollar helps, and I hope you’ll join me on my little adventure in digital, non-institutional publishing.

If you want to get a taste before signing up, you can find a couple of un-paywalled posts herehere, and here, and a few long texts for sale individually on my Gumroad page. 

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