Category Archives: Academic Life

It’s Only a Paper Moon

Imposter syndrome seems to be the child of the moment: it appears that many of us in academia – or para-academia in particular - believe themselves to be on tender ground, as though they will imminently be unmasked as the frauds they consider … Read More »

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Is There in Truth No Beauty?

I wonder what it is like to be fully enamoured with something that you do? I can make and create things that I am relatively satisfied with, but I am always saddened that those things never quite turn out how … Read More »

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And Chaos Died

Diaries are really, really important. This has been brought quite forcibly to my attention in the last few weeks. Whilst I was working in an office with other people, I always managed to keep a track on all the things … Read More »

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Turnabout Intruder

I suspect it is a chronic habit amongst academics, and other people who write and create, to, in fits of pique and crushing self-doubt, erase their work and start again. I often wonder how regularly other people do it and … Read More »

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Emanations

When I was little, I used to have piano lessons, and I used to have to practice not only longer pieces, but also scales, arpeggios, and tiny little pieces called ‘exercises’ that worked on one particular skill or small combinations … Read More »

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Journey to Babel

All groups, from the smallest family unit to the largest industrial company, develop their own nomenclature. Even if they don’t realise it. There are phrases that I have always known, and think perfectly normal, that have turned out to belong … Read More »

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Points of Departure

I recently submitted a job application which required me to include a book proposal. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for a while – I wrote about it in a previous post – but it has always been a … Read More »

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