Lost in thought

I love those moments while reading when the mind drifts, when the reader's thoughts flow towards other ideas and become untethered from the text. In The Pleasure of the Text (1975), French literary theorist Roland Barthes writes of the experience of reading: “[A text] produces, in me, the best pleasure if it manages to make … Continue reading Lost in thought

On this side

I've enjoyed reading recent blog posts on how to say 'no' in academic work contexts from Research Whisperer Tseen Khoo ('Leveling up in saying no') and Conference Inference's James Burford ('Saying no to conference opportunities'). Saying no is invaluable, and I liked the intentionality Tseen and James demonstrate. Our time and energy are finite, even … Continue reading On this side

Reading friends

I spent last week in the bushland setting of the Melbourne campus of La Trobe University in the company of the Academic Identities project team, writing, thinking, reading, talking, eating and walking. Taking a break from an 'in-your-head' morning, we walked around the 30 hectare wildlife sanctuary on campus (images © Film Victoria): While at La … Continue reading Reading friends

A year of books and questions

Far from winding down, the year seems to have upped its frenetic pace. My kids are enjoying an advent calendar chocolate a day, so we know the holidays are near, but there is a lot happening. At home, it is a time of transition as my son gets ready to start formal schooling and my … Continue reading A year of books and questions

Generous scholarship

Yesterday morning I received the gift of time—a cancelled meeting due to systemic technical problems which also meant tasks on my to do list could not be completed. How to spend this time? Drinking tea and reading. Thanks to a birthday present from my children, and books received as payment for a proposal review, I … Continue reading Generous scholarship