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Age of Innocence

May 12, 2010

I’m probably late to the bandwagon on this — I usually am — but I’m thoroughly enjoying the playlists over at StereoMood. This is very much how I tend to organize my own playlists, so this appeals to me. And my list surfing this morning has yielded a new crop of songs for my wish list. Currently I’m listening to “writing.” Ironically, I’m not getting much writing done. But I am enjoying Nico, Brian Eno and Nancy Sinatra. I will say, though, that in general, the music trends toward the atmospheric. Sometimes it’s plain atmospheric, which I usually like. Sometimes it’s atmospheric with a techno beat. We refer to that in this house as W music, because once, when we stayed at one of the W hotels in Chicago, that kind of music was piped in EVERYWHERE — the lobby, the bar, the halls, the elevator and even, until we figured out how to shut it off, our room. I’m not such a fan of W music, although some of it gives me flashbacks to nights spent dancing at Revival in Philly the summer of ’88, and that is always worth remembering.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of ditching the dissertation for a couple of hours to work on my next research project. My advisor wants me to be looking at postdocs and one of the things postdocs require is a project. Most of them don’t want to fund you just rewriting your diss for publication. They want to encourage you on a new project altogether. Lucky for me, my diss has yielded a bunch of possibilities. I have a document of possible projects where I throw things that look interesting. Many things on the list started as dissertation footnotes. One of them has jumped out at me as a good target for a book. It’s related to my dissertation, but takes it in a different direction. The two books would complement each other. It’s got a nice, well-defined time period and set of things to look at. And it takes me a little bit outside of my comfort zone, but not too far — I feel like I’d be learning new things, but I’d also have enough to say about it based on my previous experience. This makes it kind of perfect.

So I spent a couple of hours yesterday surveying what’s out there and trying to devise a plan to research it. And I thoroughly enjoyed the change of pace. Today I am back to editing and I’m feeling a bit sulky about it. Is it a good thing or a pathetic thing that the reward for finishing my research is more research? At the very least, it probably means I’m pursuing the right line of work.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. freshhell permalink
    May 12, 2010 2:59 pm

    Sounds fun, actually. But, then, I like research.

  2. May 12, 2010 8:52 pm

    Well, I’m especially late to the bandwagon then, because I’ve never even heard of StereoMood. This is how you know your nose is to the grindstone, maybe?

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