The purpose of the author’s PhD thesis was to find new ways and new tools to reflect on the formation of subjectivity in and through academic discourse. So he created an opportunity to see more about what writing can do and what he could do if he just let himself write, and in some ways, be written. This introduction presents the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book starts with a story Cavarero recounts from the writings of Karen Blixen. It is a story of a man who wakes up one night to the noises of a leaking pipe in the garden. He goes outside to fix it, and in the morning he finds that his steps, while pottering around in the garden at night, made up a figure of a stork. The author’s encounter with neoliberal government gave rise to a completely new register of experience and problems, demands and negotiations.