As we approach the end of the semester, the question concerning
independent reading arises. I always recommend that my students read
Ronald Bogue's Deleuze and Guattari to get clearly elaborated information on Deleuze and Guattari, and James Brusseau's Isolated Experience to see how Deleuze's philosophy can be actualized. Bogue's text was the first, if memory serves, in the English language to lay out the basic tenets of Deleuze and Guattari's thought and it remains, to my mind, the most informative and helpful. Perhaps part of the reason for its clarity is that it was written while the subject was nearly entirely undeveloped. Bogue enjoyed, consequently, a certain freedom to explain his subject in his own highly clear language. Brusseau's is the most innovative and thoughtful English-language book on Deleuze I've encountered. He demonstrates how one may strike out on a path within the realm of Deleuze's philosophical difference, and his book's final chapter on solitude is quite memorable and moving.