Tag: writers

  • What is an essay?

    This extract from Xavier de la Porte’s The Imposter: BHL in Wonderland loc 1946 captured something important about intellectual culture in late neoliberalism: the essay sits in between specialised writing and the popular press, in spite of the tendency of essayists to elevate it above everything else: At the same time a structural evolution was taking […]

  • “Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind”: Jack Kerouac, creativity and academic writing

    I just came across this wonderful list by Jack Kerouac, Belief and Technique for Modern Prose, in the Beats anthology I’m slowly making my way through: Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy Submissive to everything, open, listening Try never get drunk outside yr own house Be in love with yr life […]

  • Sociologists and anthropologists reflect on the craft of writing

    This wonderful project undertaken by the Department of Anthropology at Durham University has solicited short reflections on writing from an intriguing selection of authors from across the social sciences: We have written to a number of scholars who have made a significant contribution to the social science literature and asked them to write a short […]

  • How to write 1000 words a day and not go bat shit crazy (within the first two weeks)

    A few weeks ago I encountered this interesting post, from which this one takes its title, on the Thesis Whisperer which I tweeted from various accounts. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the post proved popular. I was quite taken with the idea and thought I’d give it a try. I’ve experimented with writing targets in the past and […]