Hindoos, Hindus, Spelling, and Theory

What is the relationship between spelling and theory? I often tell people my research is about "Hinduism in nineteenth century America." But it's really not. It's not about Hinduism at all. It can't be because the idea of "Hinduism," a world religion comparable to other world religions, isn't invented until the late nineteenth century. That's … Continue reading Hindoos, Hindus, Spelling, and Theory

On Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birthday: Beginnings and Endings

Tomorrow marks Swami Vivekananda's 150th birthday. Vivekananda haunts me. He was a man who meant and continues to mean many things to many people. But for me, Vivekananda will always represent a limit or a boundary. When I started the research project that became my dissertation, I started with Vivekananda and then turned and looked … Continue reading On Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birthday: Beginnings and Endings

Shut Up and Start Writing

Time for final check in. We've done this for six weeks now and I hope it's been helpful. It seems that most of us are interested in keeping this going so here's what I'm thinking. Let's keep this going as a sort of writing support group. We'll keep checking in with our goals for the … Continue reading Shut Up and Start Writing

Shut Up and Start Writing Week 6: The Home Stretch

We have hit the home stretch. Much like a runner in the Olympics, it is time to hit our "kick" and sprint to the finish. This is the last week of our summer writing group so let's get as much as we can out of it. As far as last week, I did not get … Continue reading Shut Up and Start Writing Week 6: The Home Stretch

Shut Up and Start Writing Week 5: IKEA edition

Random household chores got in my way this week. Part of those chores involved two trips to IKEA and two nights assembling furniture. That said, I think most of that stuff is done and I can finish out the summer with some heavy duty writing. I did not reach the 3000 words I had hoped … Continue reading Shut Up and Start Writing Week 5: IKEA edition

Writing Group Week 4: Free Bates Edition

I have no reason for the above picture. I just like it. So, how was everyone's week? Sorry for the late post. I'll do better next week. I hit my goal. I've got a good outline of where this chapter is heading. I still have some primary sources  to go through next week but I … Continue reading Writing Group Week 4: Free Bates Edition

Shut Up and Start Writing Week 3

How are things going for everyone? We're two weeks in and I know this group has been super helpful for me. I have a tendency to piddle around in the early stages of a new chapter. Having a clear goal for the week definitely pushed me to figure it all out. I did reach my … Continue reading Shut Up and Start Writing Week 3

Shut Up and Start Writing: Week 2- The Starting Pistol

BANG! And we're off.  Alright folks, time to check in with what you did this week and what your goal is for next week. I actually got the chapter I've been working on revised and emailed to my adviser. So, if Dennis got his done too, that adviser should have a nice batch of summer … Continue reading Shut Up and Start Writing: Week 2- The Starting Pistol

Your Taste is Killer: Ira Glass Provides Much Needed Dissertation Motivation

I've been slogging through the dissertation work lately. I'm getting stuff done. But the joy is fading. Then I found this:   Oh, Ira. Thanks. I needed this. I consider our work as academics creative. The very best academic writing has a creative flair to it, whether in the prose or the theory or the … Continue reading Your Taste is Killer: Ira Glass Provides Much Needed Dissertation Motivation

Good advice for those of us writing dissertations…

Over the long arc of your career, you will complete many research projects, one often leading to the next. Research is an archipelago, not a single island. Your goal should be to build a career piece by piece doing good research. A professor once shocked me when I was a graduate student by saying, "Hopefully, … Continue reading Good advice for those of us writing dissertations…