Ancrene Wiseass

A would-be medievalist holds forth on academia, teaching, gender politics, blogging, pop culture, critters, and whatever else comes her way.

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Yes, this really is yet another blog by a disillusioned grad student. I sympathize, but that's just the way it has to be. For hints as to what my bizarre alias means, click here and here and, if needed, here and here. To get a sense of what I'm up to, feel free to check out the sections called "Toward a Wiseass Creed" and "Showings: Some Introductory Wiseassery" in my main blog's left-hand sidebar. Please be aware that spamming, harassing, or otherwise obnoxious comments will be deleted and traced.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Helpful Books for the Dissertation-Weary (and Others)

Some things I've been reading lately and thought others might want to hear about or be reminded of:

1) As you could probably guess from that last post, Annie Dillard's The Writing Life

2) Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird (again)

3) Julie A. Fast and John D. Preston, Get It Done When You're Depressed (I pre-ordered this as soon as I learned it was being published, and I'm glad I did!)

I'm just starting Twyla Tharp's The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, which I found at a thrift store this week.

Suggestions are welcome if you know of something you think anyone reading this might find useful.

The semi-sabbatical/demi-hiatus/what-have-you rather obviously continues here at Ye Olde Blogge. I'm still experiencing growing pains of the kind described by Mary Kate Hurley here, but I can definitively identify them as growing pains now, and that's a welcome relief.