Academia · Dissertation · Humor

Things I Think About While Writing My Dissertation

I might not be posting a lot of things on here for a bit. It’s not because I’ve run out of creativity, it’s because all of my energy is being siphoned away by a succubus-like monster known as my dissertation. When I’m NOT working on my dissertation, I also get that panicky feeling of knowing… Continue reading Things I Think About While Writing My Dissertation

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Academia · Awareness · Shadow-Narratives

Life Lived Twice

Writers, particularly creative writers, experience a very specific kind of pain that is exclusive to their profession or hobby. There should be some long, specialized German term for this feeling. It is the pain of not being able to adequately translate experiences or impressions into words. Life is essentially experiential. We feel pain and pleasure… Continue reading Life Lived Twice

Academia · Humor · Teaching Undergraduates

Some Pros and Cons of Teaching Undergraduates

Pro: You get to work with a subject you really love, all the time. As others slump off to their offices to enter data into spreadsheets or embark upon marathon meetings about meetings, you are exploring the complexities of 15th-century Florentine art with your students. What variety! What mental stimulation! Con: You get to work… Continue reading Some Pros and Cons of Teaching Undergraduates

Academia · History

Connecting with the Past: Caution, Inspiration, and Consolation

When I was first starting out as a history grad student at George Mason University, I was a teaching assistant to an astute and witty professor who warned me against the teaching technique of lecturing to one’s students whilst costumed in the garb of the era to which you are referring. Historical costumes tend to… Continue reading Connecting with the Past: Caution, Inspiration, and Consolation