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A blog for my academic ideas, more or less.

Dear Diary, OK Max is a total STUD! I let him sniff my tail.

I think my summer has been spent well. I had a teaching bursary this (academic) year. I did not have to work. I focused on writing. I wrote a few papers. I wanted to have drafts of all four chapters of my thesis. I have drafts of three chapters of my thesis. I may have time to write a draft of the fourth in September. August feels like ‘the end of summer’. I am moving house soon. I have to get a part-time job soon. I am starting to consider what I have achieved. I have printed out everything I have for my thesis. I am going to read it over the next week. I am not going to write anything. I know there is a lot to improve.

Here are some dates that I have to try and remember. This is probably not interesting for anyone else.

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Richard vs Rick

Richard Ford was born in 1944. In 1998 Richard Ford was 54. Rick Moody was born in 1961. In 1998 Rick Moody was 37. Richard Ford received his BA from Michigan State University. Rick Moody received his BA from Brown University. Richard Ford got his MFA in creative writing at the University of California, Irvine. Rick Moody received an MFA from Columbia University. Richard Ford is best known for his novel The Sportswriter. The Sportswriter was published in 1986. Rick Moody is best known for his novel The Ice Storm. The Ice Storm was published in 1992. Richard Ford edited The Granta Book of the American Short Story in 1992. The Granta Book of the American Short Story was reprinted in 1998.

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Sandwich Sunday, V

Some nice/new/old things from this week.

Themes: music (more so than usual), books, second-hand books, publishing, creativity, comics, writing.

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The New York Times Magazine, Sept. 20 1998

  • Richard Ford is a novelist.
  • Robert Pinsky is poet laureate of the United States.
  • Stanley Crouch is a writer based in New York.
  • Daniel Menaker is the author of “The Treatment,” a novel.
  • Ellen Gilchrist’s most recent book is “Flight of Angels,” a collection of short stories.
  • Elizabeth Swados is a playwright and author. Her novel “Flamboyant” was just published.
  • Margaret Cho is an actress, comedian and writer.
  • Reed E Hundt, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is a consultant.
  • Harry Shearer is a writer and the voice of Mr. Burns on The Simpsons.

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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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