Ideas For Future Writings

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In a book called Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes (and thanks to @BarthesStudies for helping me remember which book it was!), our inspiration made notes of topics he’d like to write about, entire books he’d like to write. It was way more than he’d ever have time to do, but the ideas were too good to let fade away. When I read this book more than a decade ago, I found it so impressive that he had so many good ideas he couldn’t possibly even get to them. What would it be like, I wondered, to have such an abundance of deep thought! Then I cracked open the floodgates on the creativity that comes when you start writing post-structuralist theory about professional wrestling (which is, when I’m feeling fancy, what I propose to be doing here), and I found myself in the same position as Roland Barthes. It is both a blessing and a curse to hit this stage where you have so many ideas you don’t know what to do with them. There’s just not enough time to write about them all, and the wrestling narrative moves so fast many of them become dated before they are even fully baked in my mind. In the past I’ve tried to note some of these ideas here and there in other posts, but I’ve decided to start keeping them organized in their own section here, like I bet Roland Barthes would if he had a blog. Let them become their own form of theory, an ongoing list of potential concepts to explore.

And by the way, I consider this an open-source list. If you are a wrestling writer and one of these ideas inspires you, by all means take it. If I do get around to writing about it, I will write about it differently from you. In fact, we’re open for pitches for guest posts, about these or any other topics on the art of wrestling. Get in touch on the Twittah at @andreagregovich.

Andrea’s Ideas For Future Writings:
the poetics of “they don’t want none”; the surrealism of the Vaudvillains on the main roster; the remarkable level-up of SAWFT on the main roster; the progress of “machka”; a memoir of house shows in the late eighties (for The Atomic Elbow); the duality of Roman Reigns and AJ Styles; the nuances of gimmick in Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, and heel Chris Jericho; transcribe the New Day’s promo at Extreme Rules; A Rob Schamberger portrait of Vince McMahon, my criminal grandfather, and moral ambiguity as honor code; two more posts on the art of Punkrockbigmouth about physicality and satire, the wrestling genre of contract signing; the Hardy brothers’ bizarre TNA contract signing video as some kind of Shakespearean satire