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What I'm Reading: Great Article from The Chronicle of Higher Education

Unfortunately it’s behind the subscriber firewall, but “Why Go to Grad School?” seeks to debunk a number of misconceptions about humanities studies, such as, “There was never a worse time for humanities studies” (like we’ve never heard that one before ::eyeroll::), and “There are no academic jobs.” I appreciated the way the author didn’t just say, “No there isn’t, yes there is…” but insisted that we broaden the view of humanities graduate career value past academia. 149 more words

New Reading List

I think I’ve found my summer reading list (yes, I’m thinking that far ahead).  The Chronicle of Higher Education asked a dozen scholars “what nonfiction book published in the last 30 years has most changed their minds.”  I’m especially interested in  46 more words

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The Habits of Highly Productive Writers

Today I stumbled on this article from the Chronicle of Higher Education. The Chronicle was once a mainstay on my desk during my first job in academic publishing. 90 more words

On The Job

How to measure imagination

A couple of days ago I took a walk down a narrow, somewhat perilous mountain trail with Scott Barry Kaufman, scientific director of the Imagination Institute. 51 more words

Individual Thoughts And Actions

Academics are using emoji to explain their research

Academic papers are often long, tedious and impossible to read, as Steven Pinker pointed out last month. So researchers are trying to make themselves more accessible with going as far away from the norm as possible, posting 140-character descriptions of their work using emoji as descriptors, with the hashtag #emojiresearch. 340 more words

Your brain on metaphors: Neuroscientists test the theory that your body shapes your ideas

The player kicked the ball. The patient kicked the habit. The villain kicked the bucket. The verbs are the same. The syntax is identical. Does the brain notice, or care, that the first is literal, the second metaphorical, the third idiomatic? 29 more words

The Body

Terrific New Resource for Academic Writers!

If you are serious about academic writing, you must check out this wonderful, free, downloadable booklet available from The Chronicle of Higher Education:


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