Ok ok my writing isn't terrible. I am just writing in a way that I haven't been writing for a while. I'm trying to do a pure exposition of The New Leviathan. I'm doing my best to just grapple with the book as it is. Trying to understand its content, its structure, and its context (both in the author's life and in history). It is challenging. It is a very confusing book. And I'm really trying to work with it.
I might get crazy with it. Really dig into it.
It feels like a much more modest task. The writing I'm doing isn't about my ideas. It sort of is. But I'm trying to just describe Collingwood's book. Render it in different or more general terms. I'm not sure if I'm doing it well. I think I'm working towards something.
But it feels a lot more challenging than it would.
Dealing with serious books is hard.
I already know this. Sort of.
I understand 'the task' intellectually. I haven't really grappled with books on the level that I'll need to in the future. But I'm getting there.
And I think it is a good idea to start taking The New Leviathan seriously, to spend the time with it that it demands.
Gonna take some time.