Tuesday, September 29, 2009
On the surface of it, it sounds like a reasonable proposition to financially support work that shows evidence of a future return of some kind.
However, if you understand the academic business, you know this isn't always how it works. The best research often develops from silly propositions, accidents, mistakes and so forth. The push to have research ends articulated before the research takes place is not necessarily wise. We research so we can find out where the ideas will take us - not so that we can meet a pre-determined objective.
Writes Mitchell: "What separates us from the beasts, apart from fire, laughter, depression and guilt about killing the odd beast, is our curiosity. We've advanced as a species because we've wanted to find things out, regardless of whether we thought it useful."
Alice would understand.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Of course, it doesn't hurt to make our reading habits at least marginally public. Shelfari is quite fun - although I need to find more time to really do much with it. People often scan the bookshelves of those they visit or of authors photographed standing in front of said bookshelves (what is J.K. reading anyway?). When students come to my office, they always check out the bookshelves (of course, my 'real' collection is at home, since most of my research is done at night).
But at times, research can be misconstrued.
When teaching a unit that looked at terrorism, I was a little nervous getting on a plane with that week's readings (but I did need to read them before class and the plane trip was the only opportunity available). Happily, no one paid me any mind.
I can, however, see the potential problems of Google Books searches being used in ways that will make us think twice about what we research.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I am Thorin Oakenshield, descendant of Thrain the Old and grandson of Thror who was King under the Mountain. I am writing you to discuss our plans, our ways, means, policy and devices for rescuing our treasure from the dragon Smaug..."
Who doesn't need a little spam from Middle Earth? See the whole here.
There are also some fantastic reflections on the picture book and other topics of interest.
I'm off to get another cup of coffee before working on book proposal. Note: much easier to write book than write the proposal.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I have to admit, I rather enjoyed this darker side of the Disney princess though! Jeffrey Thomas' images are incredible and being drawn, relate directly to the animated originals. I love the Beauty and the Beast panel in particular.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
It's enough for any writer accumulating rejections to sympathise with.
On a side note, read Basile's "Violet" if you have a moment:
"The King's son was burning with love of her, and every time he passed by the little cottage where these three sisters sat at work, he took off his cap and said, "Good-day, good-day, Violet," and she replied, "Good-day, King's son! I know more than you."
I just put that in bold - I love her spirit!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Also contains a riff on immortality.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
In the meantime, I'm going to try to snatch a few straight hours to do some work on an article about Prince Charming.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
One of my colleagues, Patrick Spedding, blogged very eloquently about some of the issues here.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I admit, I bought this book because I love the dust jacket. It's not an expensive production, but the simplicity and tonal influences are beautiful... plus, it has Puss in Boots and a title like From Court to Forest. The book is part of my current nesting activity for a new manuscript I'm working on. Don't you love Puss's boots?