Category Archives: reading

too much detail isn’t good for your examiner

It’s 7.00 am. Pat is in the lounge room reading a thesis. She is finding it hard going and wants to go back to bed. Big Brother notices her yawning and summons her to the Diary Room. ” Well, Big … Continue reading

Posted in reading, thesis | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

some thoughts on reading and Cornwall

I read with some interest the recent announcement that Cornwall is to be given minority status in Britain. Like Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Cornwall can now officially be seen as having a distinctive location, history, language and culture. This … Continue reading

Posted in reading | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

how much should doctoral researchers read?

I often get asked this question and it’s one I hate. That’s because there is no answer that ever seems satisfactory. My answer is usually – well it depends. It depends on the topic and it depends on what you … Continue reading

Posted in doctoral research, literature review, reading, reading routine, reading target | Tagged , , , | 16 Comments

writing like those I admire

That half conscious state between sleeping and waking seems to be the time that I begin to compose a blog post. I often wake up relatively early with a half formed idea. I then work on it idly, gradually waking … Continue reading

Posted in academic book, academic life, academic writing, argument, authority in writing, de Certeau, reading | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

what do words want?

In writing workshops I often come across people with conference and nearly final draft papers that they do not seem able to finish. The prospect of sending them out for review and possible publication just seems too hard, perhaps it’s … Continue reading

Posted in Margaret Atwood, reader, readership, reading, text, the page, words, writing | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

sustain your writing – find a palate cleanser or ten

We all know what a palette cleanser is right? We’re academics so we must have encountered the ubiquitous sorbet either in chilly reality or on one of those food porn tele programmes :)? Or we’ve been to a wine tasting … Continue reading

Posted in academic writing, books, mental space, palette cleanser, reading, reflection, reward, theory | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

how to read an academic book closely – part three – sucking the stone

There are some books that are important to your study and some that are critical to your ongoing research agenda, and some that you just love. There are also some writers whose work you want to know in great detail. … Continue reading

Posted in academic book, argument, authority in writing, Pat Thomson, reading, reference, terms, theory | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments