A C K N O W L E D G M E N T S
This book began with a talk on Agnès Varda’s The Gleaners and I that I
gave at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Lon-
don in 2005. Coincidentally that conference was also where I first met
Ken Wissoker, who has been a marvelous editor and friend. The many
years that it took to get from conference paper to book were essential
to the ideas expressed here, not because these ideas are necessarily
better for having taken longer to develop but because, as Henri Berg-
son puts it, the time taken up by the invention is one with the inven-
tion itself. The people with whom I spent this time—discussing ideas,
collaborating on projects, sharing space at lecterns and in print, or just
being sociable in person and online—were even more essential. They
have shaped this book’s contents and facilitated its creation. They in-
clude Farid Azfar, Eric Baudelaire, Leo Bersani, Emma Bianchi, Duncan
Black, Aviva Briefel, Victor Burgin, Israel Burshatin, David Campany,
Tim Corrigan, Drew Daniel, Julie Davis, David Eng, Jim English, Rodney
Evans, Jonathan Flatley, Saïd Gahia, Johanna Gosse, Guo- Juin Hong,
Sarah Kessler, Maura King, Alex Klein, Simon Leung, Erica Levin, Aaron
Levy, Heather Love, Mara Mills, José Muñoz, John Muse,
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Hoàng, Joshua Ramey, Rebbie Ratner, Sascha Russel, Martin Schmidt,
Bethany Schneider, Todd Shepard, Henry Sias, Gus Stadler, Jill Stauffer,
Rea Tajiri, Kate Thomas, Sharon Ullman, Patricia White, Ming Wong,
Eric Zinner, and my fellow Camera Obscura collective members, Lalitha
Gopalan, Lynne Joyrich, Tess Takahashi, and Sharon Willis. Extra spe-
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