What is Rhizome?

In Giles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s seminal work, A Thousand Plateaus they make use of Guattari’s idea of a rhizome. A rhizome is a term borrowed from botany that describes a plant whose root network is not systematic, not tree or fractal like, but instead random, as if it happened by chance. They say that “the image of thought” is rhizomatic, meaning that the connections we make, the network of related ideas that come to us either through intention or literally by chance (think of how a song or a smell surfaces a memory without intentional recall) come together in something that looks like a rhizome. My hope for this newsletter is to cross-section my own rhizome with the intention of sharing it with you.