Month: March 2014

Following rather nicely from Jack Kerouac’s Belief and Technique for Modern Prose, which I came across a couple of days ago, Brain Pickings has posted these 6 Rules for Creative Sanity offered by Wilhelm Reich: Keep one’s life financially independent. Continue unabated to exercise one’s power of creativity in concrete, strenuous tasks, always seeking perfection as near […]

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Lacuna magazine is now live and, for the upcoming themes, we are seeking your involvement. We will next be discussing issues of austerity and prosperity, followed by the theme of war and peace. We are looking for reviews of contemporary media: books, films, theatre etc. If you have seen or read something […]

There’s a wonderful discussion in the midst of this review essay of Bernard WIlliams’s collected essays, which incidentally sound fantastic, in which the author defends Williams against accusations of lazy scholarship. I’ve written about this issue in the past (particuarly here and here) and it’s one which continues to concern me. The author of the […]

There’s a great Brendan O’Neill post on Telegraph blogs* in which he reflects on the self-destruction of Richard Dawkins** online and its roots in the nature of Twitter as a medium. He’s probably correct that, with the exception of a cadre of ‘skeptic’ true believers, Dawkins has through his ill considered anti-religious tweets effectively destroyed a reputation […]

I wrote a few months ago about the potential value of the Medium blogging service for academics. It’s one of a range of new services which are popping up (see Kinja, Svbtle and Ghost) that differ from older platforms in a range of ways. Given the effective hegemony of WordPress, an obvious question is posed […]

The notion of attentiveness has been on my mind recently, as I find myself frantically jumping through hoops in the run-up to PhD submission. I’ve spent weeks chopping up a 70k word document, rearranging the pieces and plugging the gaps that appear as a result. After years of my PhD being so big and nebulous, it’s oddly satisfying to work […]

One of the most obvious forms that digital scholarship can take is making ‘outputs’ public that would otherwise remain private. So for instance making slides available online after a talk or lecture. When I use slides, which is pretty irregular, I tend to make them available as part of the process of preparing. I’ll produce some slides, […]

REGISTRATION OPEN Death Online Research Symposium 2pm Wednesday April 9th – 6pm Thursday April 10th, 2014 Co-hosted by the Death Online Research Network and Durham University’s Centre for Death and Life Studies Collingwood College, Durham. As digital media have become an integral part of our everyday life, so have death and our afterlife become inextricably interwoven with […]

I had to turn an invitation to speak at this because I couldn’t afford it. I wish I could go: The asexual community has put together an Asexual Un-Conference in NYC: The Asexuality Visibility and Education Network’s Community, Advocacy, and Knowledge Expo! Also known as AVEN CAKE The full details can be found here: […]

In an intellectual context within which there is a pervasive and multi-faceted hostility to the idea of the human (Archer 2000 : 17-44), it follows that there is also a widespread scepticism about the notion of interiority, with doubts about the human going hand-in-hand with a mistrust of subjectivity (Giddens 1979: 38). The most sophisticated […]

I’ve tended to be quite negative about my propensity for ‘binge writing’. It suddenly occurred yesterday that this negativity may in part stem from the term I’ve adopted for it. “Binge writing” – it’s hard for that to sound anything other than negative, no? I’d implicitly framed it as a bad habit which, once it […]