Posts Tagged ‘writing’

I once asked a young dissertation writer whether her suddenly greyed hair was due to ill health or personal tragedy. She answered: ‘It was the footnotes.’    —Joanna Russ

I know what you’re thinking. Being a PhD student is a glitzy whirlwind of socialising, sizzling oratory, and wittily incisive commentary on things of great global relevance. Well, you’re right. But there is an exception, a giant, maleficent exception: the outer circle of hell that is actually writing academic papers. For one particularly idiotically titled conference paper, then, all of normal, fun, interesting life has been put temporarily on hold—I could almost forget I’m in Delhi except for the UNREMITTINGLY OPPRESSIVE M%☢£♪☦ING HEAT—so you’re about to get a flash of what lies beneath that glamourpuss PhD exterior. Children, look away now. This shizzle just got real.

As you may recall, one of the many valuable public service functions this blog sporadically fulfils is keeping the Olds in the loop about T’internet memes. As I’ve been doing far too much writing this week, I’ll nobly take the opportunity to update y’all in the form of a meta-meme. Warning: if you look at too many of these, you will develop .Gif Autism, and be unable to express yourself except in two-second simulations of startled raccoons. Luckily, there will always be a home for you within academia.

WHEN I WAS FIRST ASKED TO WRITE THE PAPER

WHEN I ACTUALLY LOOKED AT THE TITLE

WHEN MY SUPERVISOR EMAILED BACK WITH ‘ADVICE’

WHEN I IDLY PICKED UP SOME POSTSTRUCTURALISM TWO HOURS BEFORE THE DEADLINE

WHEN MY SUPERVISOR FINALLY READS MY DRAFT

WHEN ALL THE OTHER PARTICIPANTS TURN OUT TO BE AGRICULTURAL ECONOMISTS

WHAT THE CONFERENCE QUESTIONS ARE GOING TO LOOK LIKE

HOW PHD STUDENT LIFE FEELS RIGHT NOW

BUT STILL… HOW IT FEELS TO BE COMING HOME IN THREE WEEKS
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