Lindsay Lerman is a writer and translator. She is the author of I'm From Nowhere (2019) and What Are You (forthcoming, May 2022). Her short stories, essays, poems, and interviews have been published in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Entropy, New York Tyrant, Southwest Review, and elsewhere. She has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, and she translates philosophical texts from French to English. (Most recently, François Laruelle's Phenomenon and Difference, An Essay on the Ontology of Ravaisson.) She is currently completing a manuscript on Bataille's notion of nonknowledge and adapting one of her short stories for the screen. Her work explores the limits of knowledge, communication, and experience, especially as they relate to ecology, identity, and intimacy. She has taught seminars on hybrid writing.
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I am currently writing my third book, a work of speculative fiction with a posthumanist orientation, generally speaking. One thread of the novel centers on a space capitalist/vectoralist who is hell-bent on establishing human life elsewhere. Although this work is fiction, I'd like to think alongside others about: a) the darker, more intangible undercurrents driving oligarchs and billionaires in their own personal space-races, b) the unforeseeable and inevitable posthuman outcomes of insisting that humanity (conceived by space capitalists in the book as "pure" or "real" humanity) must be established places other than this planet. This residency would give me the opportunity to collaboratively work through emerging questions and issues related to (but not limited to) capitalism, vectoralism, subjugation, freedom, imagination, and desire, through a variety of posthuman lenses.