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A blog for my academic ideas, more or less.

Dying breath

Dying breath

So before I gave up on the trappings of academia (given that I work four days a week non-academically and have a PhD to complete by next summer I’ve decided to abandon conferences/papers/any hope of publication to facilitate actually finishing) I wrote a short review article of the McSweeney’s website via the theme of ‘brevity’ for the Dandelion postgrad journal. It’s up on their site now, at the bottom of the page, fittingly. It annoyed me how tricky I found it to fit my thoughts into such a short space, and reading it back now it has little (although one or two moments) of the actual interest I have in the website as a pseudo-literary space. This is evidence of the PhD pressure constricting my thoughts, hence contributing to said abandonment of anything that is not the PhD itself.

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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.

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Email is looceefir on gmail.

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