A Novel of Description and Attention

I haven’t read any Karl Ove Knausgaard, but Toril Moi’s critique of his multi-volume novel, My Struggle strikes a chord with me – particularly as it relates his work to a quest for presence, and ‘attention’. A question of one’s existence and an attempt to record or validate it. Might have to add My Struggle […]

Scholarship By Metrics

Interesting article by Justin E.H. Smith on How Social Media Imperils Scholarship. It’s a long article, but well worth reading. A few highlights: Eventually, those who do research simply out of love of knowledge might find it preferable to present their findings anonymously and gratuitously as Wikipedia editors rather than as members of the afflicted […]

The Academic is Dead. Long Live the Academic.

I didn’t go to university. I went to a community college. And I took 8 years to get a 2 year degree at that, so perhaps I’m the last person qualified to be commenting on academics and/or higher education. I do know that now, as a wizened middle-ager I wish I had gone to university […]