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A blog for my academic ideas, more or less.

Dave Eggers on Chris Ware

I’ve been reading Masters of American Comics for the chapter I’m going to write soon, when I’ll fulfil a nerd fantasy and write a critical paper on Chris Ware. The book is a catalogue for what looks to have been an incredible exhibition, and one of the curators, John Carlin, has an excellent essay tracing the evolution of American graphic narrative. A nice bonus is the series of essays by people like Francoise Mouly, Jonathan Safran Foer, and, neatly for my purposes, Dave Eggers.

Eggers writes about Chris Ware, and though I can’t find the article online, I’ve put some nice quotes after the jump.

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I Got Interviewed.

Read it by clicking this internet word-arrangement.

At Ryan Manning’s excellent interview-compilation blog thunk.

Some of my favourites which are also answers I would have liked to give:

adam coates

if you could be anywhere in the world doing anything you wanted right now, where would you be and what would you be doing?

i am pretty ok here and now. i just ate a baked potato for the first time in a long while.
if i had some real desire to be somewhere else doing something, i could just get up and go now.
so i think the fact i am still sitting here means that i want to be here.

brooklyn copeland

what do you aspire to?

Contentment with simplicity, and a greater understanding of history and the natural world.

ryan chang

what do you think happens to us after we die?

The body ceases function, a word or sentence may be uttered immediately before death, someone finds out, someone tells the family or it is the family that finds out first, there is a period mourning that might involve a small get together with ‘diet-neutral’ snacks, people will cry and wish good things, there might be a funeral, and the body may be buried or cremated.

socrates adams-florou

has anyone ever said something about you to you that shocked you?

lots of things. i have a very high opinion of myself which no-one else has.

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Obama-mania Bibliography

For a book-chapter abstract I’m submitting today.

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My aim for this summer is to write as much of my thesis as possible.

Because I’ve got a bursary til September, then my life is work/teach/study probably in that order.

I finished a small draft of a chapter (think small beer) this week; aiming to do another small draft by the end of May. This one was on McSweeney’s via Vimeo/YouTube/Obama/social engagement. Next chapter is on McSweeney’s via maximalism/Chris Ware/DFW/Wes Anderson.

NEW DEADLINE: 6000 words by 30 May.

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Sandwich Sunday

Some links I think people might like while I’m procrastinating on finishing a chapter.

Vaguely intended to be academic-related, in that it’s about what I think about and how these ideas feed into my research, but also it’s just cool stuff.

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About Me:

My name is Kevin O'Neill and I am in the fifth year of a part-time PhD in the English Department of Goldsmiths, London, UK. I used to teach undergrad classes there (now: not, because there are other PhD students who need teaching experience). I work (most of the time) in the Oxfam shop in Dalston because few people get paid to do humanities PhDs.

My research centres around the literary journal McSweeney's. My interest is developing into what McSweeney's tells us about two separate (but I guess related) fields: 1) literary institutions 2) American cultural production, more broadly. This blog was initially about my PhD but is now a more general thinking space.

See right for my flickr/twitter/delicious feeds, then below for other versions of me.

Email is looceefir on gmail.


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