Mostly (not) on McSweeney's!

A blog for my academic ideas, more or less.

What Is Literature?

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Any other ideas?

Filed under: teaching


I have been thinking recently about curation. I am trying to do these things: 1) be more streamlined in what I listen to/read/watch so that I am only taking on that which a) has proven to be interesting to me previously b) is likely to be interesting to me in future; 2) waste less time; 3) maximise/increase the likelihood of me coming across new and interesting things.

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Filed under: reading

Colin Farrell vs Judy Kuhn

Filed under: teaching

TWO SECTIONS (methodological epiphany)

McSweeney’s considered as:

1) The Object.

2) The Institution.

Everything else comes from this.

Filed under: research questions

(500) Days of YouTube

Saw (500) Days of Summer this week. It was nice. Peter Bradshaw’s Guardian review said it was “weirdly incurious about the inner life of its female lead.” I think he doesn’t get it. I think it is more that the film is about Tom’s failure to see the inner life of Summer. But anyway. There is a good scene with a dance in it. (It is on YouTube but you shouldn’t watch it before seeing the film.) Some of the comments on this one scene on YouTube are interesting.

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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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