In an earlier blog post, I wrote briefly about Nick Saban motivation and trusting the process. Channeling my inner football player, I’ve kept my head in my work and produced a thesis. (But is it defensible? We’ll find out Monday.) Here at Alabama, trusting the process means something specific: Continue reading
I failed to get ahead and write a post for today when I had the time. That’s okay. Sometimes the less important things (like writing a blog only my parents read regularly — Hi Mom and Dad!) have to fall by the wayside temporarily while the important things take precedence. Priorities and such. Continue reading
I wrote a book review! And no, it’s not like the informal ones I did during #bloglikecrazy. This book review was published at Reading Religion, the online book review arm of the American Academy of Religion. Reviewers at this site range from graduate students on up to tenured faculty. My experience publishing a review with them was a first for me in a couple of ways. Continue reading
After a two month hiatus, I’m back! I didn’t die. I didn’t go anywhere. (Okay, I did for Christmas to see family. But that’s not the point here.) I’ve been here. All along trying to figure out what to do now that my month of blogging is over and there’s little motivation to keep it up. Continue reading
Hayden White’s Tropics of Discourse: Essays in Cultural Criticism is a collection of 12 essays dealing primarily with narrative history, originally published in 1978. White predominantly approaches history from a perspective of literary criticism, but also grapples with the idea of history as science. Continue reading
Thesis updates on Fridays. This Friday, I don’t have so much of an update as more of a musing on efficient work. Because of work that needs my more urgent attention to finish out the semester, I won’t properly begin writing my thesis until winter break. But when it comes time to sit down and actually shovel that pile of dirt, I won’t be starting from scratch. Continue reading
For the second mini book review, here are my thoughts on Christopher G. Flood’s Political Myth, published in 1996.
Political Myth explores and combines theories of myth and ideology to propose a theoretical framework for exploring political myth. In Christopher Flood’s view, political myth exists where political ideology meets myth. Continue reading
As a student at the University of Alabama, it feels almost required to take on a Nick Saban mindset to finish my thesis. Saban has all sorts of phrases and motivational slogans. A few personal favorites include: “If it means something to you, you can’t stand still,” “make his ass quit,” and a quote Saban himself borrowed from Martin Luther King, Continue reading
For the first of my mini book reviews, here are my thoughts on R. G. Collingwood’s The Idea of History, originally published in 1946.
In The Idea of History, which was published posthumously, Collingwood deals with a philosophy of history. The book is divided into an introduction followed by five parts, each part dealing with a different issue in this philosophy. Continue reading