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A blog for my academic ideas, more or less.

“826-inspired” London project kicking into gear

Horrible blog title, sorry. But sort of with a purpose — the 826-inspired project that is gathering steam is about to decide its identity, and so from now on it’ll be able to actually call itself something!

More info here, where you can vote for your preferred identity and register your interest in getting involved.

The organising team have narrowed their research down into three possible shop identities, basically 1) aliens 2) monsters 3) thieves.

I think my preference is for monsters, sort of due to the problems saying the word ‘moopersarket’ but they’re all decent ideas. Share the commenters’ apprehension about the thieves idea, which though good may be just a bit too OTM for London and might be taken as a perverse justification for London’s shoplifters? Maybe my own experience with shoplifting in Oxfam makes me biased here.

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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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